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French Firm Proposes Two Green Energy Plants

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French Firm Proposes Two Green Energy Plants 
Khmer Times/Chea Vannak   Tuesday, 19 April 2016   
France’s Groupe Quadran has proposed building an electricity plant in Phnom Penh fired by waste and a solar plant in Siem Reap province.   The Ministry of Tourism yesterday welcomed the proposal, saying it will help keep Cambodia clean.   Tourism Minister Thong Khon said that the waste-fired plant in Phnom Penh would generate about 50 megawatts and the solar plant about 30 megawatts.  He could not say how much would be invested or what the timeframe would be.   “It’s a good project to make our cities clean and I do support the project. It will help keep the environment in the cities clean,” Mr. Khon said, adding he also encouraged City Hall and relevant parties to facilitate and accelerate the proposed projects.   He said the Kingdom could be the leading country in the rollout of the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard.   Phnom Penh Municipal Hall administrative director Mean Chanyada said that City Hall had received the proposal from the French company to invest in collecting waste to generate electricity in the city.   “We asked them to do a study first so we could understand the level of investment and the price of electricity to be sold,” Mr. Chanyada said. “Because so far there were plenty of foreign companies proposing to do this, but they failed to invest due to the electricity price they would get.”   “What remains is the study on the price of electricity to be sold,” Mr. Chanyada said. “Everything will run smooth because City Hall welcomes and wishes to see companies invest in generating waste to electricity.”   Investment in renewable energy is expected to surge as the government announced a moratorium on construction of hydropower dams until 2020.   Cambodia Electricity Authority director-general Keo Ratanak said recently that the government was calling for more private investment in the energy sector to meet rising demand from households and industry.   “We want to tell the private sector that they still have more opportunities to contribute to power and energy development in Cambodia,” he said.   
Limited connectivity to the national grid in rural areas and the high price of electricity, is making more room for investment in renewable energy and investors should  grab the opportunity, Mr. Ratanak said. Numerous  solar power projects are under construction nationwide, he said.     However, Mr. Khon said he firmly believed that the French projects would be successful because their benefits would be longlasting. “They can remove waste and also generate electricity,” he said.   “These projects are vital in converting Phnom Penh and Siem Reap to clean and green cities to attract tourists,” Mr. Khon said.  
Source : Khmer Times,