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China's CHMC will build a 150 MW dam in Cambodia

14 Dec 2020

The Cambodian Ministry of Mines and Energy has signed implementation agreements for a 150 MW hydropower plant and two 500 kV transmission lines. The Chinese state-owned China National Heavy Machinery Corp (CHMC) will build the 150 MW Stung Tatai Leu dam project on the Tatai River in the Thma Bang district of the Koh Kong province, at a cost of US$389m. The project was awarded to CHMC under a 39-year build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract, including four years for construction and 35 years for business operation. The state-owned power utility Électricité du Cambodge will buy the power generated from the dam (527 GWh/year) at US$7.9c/kWh.

In addition, the German company SchneiTec will build a 199 km long, 500 kV transmission line between Phnom Penh and the Cambodia-Lao PDR border under a 28-year BOT contract, including four years for construction and 25 years for business operations. The project will cost US$330m. SchneiTec was also selected to build a second 500 kV transmission line between the Battambang province and the Cambodian-Thai border over 107 km long, under a 39-year contract, including four years for construction and 35 year for business operations. The transmission line requires a US$111m investment.

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