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Cambodia's biggest hydropower dam now producing electricity

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Staff Writer | December 19, 2018
Cambodia's largest hydropower project officially began producing electricity Monday as the country tries to increase its energy capacity to reduce energy imports and help jump-start industrial expansion.
Lower Sesan II hydropower dam
Asia   Lower Sesan II hydropower dam
Prime Minister Hun Sen inaugurated the 400-megawatt Lower Sesan II hydropower dam in the northeastern province of Stung Treng. The project, constructed on a build-operate-transfer basis, will boost the country's production of electricity by 20 percent, according to the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

It was built over four years at a cost of nearly USD 800 million and is a joint venture of China's Hydrolancang International Energy with a 51 percent stake, Cambodia's Royal Group with 39 percent and Vietnam's EVN International with 10 percent.

The dam is expected to bring in almost $30 million in tax revenue yearly. Ownership will be handed over to the government after 40 years.

The dam is the seventh commercial-scale hydropower dam in Cambodia, bringing hydropower production to 1,328 megawatts.

Hydropower supplies 45 percent of national electricity consumption, followed by 35 percent from coal-fired power plants and about five percent from petroleum and alternative energy.


 

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