400-MW Plants in Kandal Province Start Power Generation

The 400-megawatt heavy-fuel-oil fired power plants in Kandal province have started generating power to the national grid since earlier this year.

The two plants began producing electricity after their construction completed late last year, said H.E. Victor Jona, Spokesperson at the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

In the first stage, the two plants will generate power in a small scale, just to fill the power shortage in Phnom Penh city, he pointed out.

“We have to know that power generated from fuel-fired power plants is costly, so to ensure financial stability, other power sources are preferred and these power plants are only to fill the gap of power shortage,” H.E. Victor Jona explained.

Built on a total area of 43 hectares in Lovea Em district, with an investment of US$380 million, the plants consist of two generators – a 200 MW generator from Finland, built by China Gezhouba Group Corporation, and a 200 MW generator from Germany, built by China National Heavy Machinery Corporation.