Large biomass power plant on track to come online by July

The rice husk biomass power plant was inaugurated on Dec. 8 in Chbar Ampov district in southeast Phnom Penh and is expected to be completed by July. SAO SOPHEAP VIA FACEBOOK

A major rice husk biomass power plant in Chbar Ampov district in southeast Phnom Penh is still on track to be completed and start operations by July, a statement from press on May 5.

Designed to contribute to the Kingdom’s emissions reduction efforts, the plant was inaugurated on December 8, in collaboration with Singapore-based Berkeley Energy Commercial and Industrial Solutions (BECIS), with a capital investment of $5.8 million. .

Located in Roboh Angkanh village of Prek Eng commune, the facility would use paddy waste from neighboring Prey Veng province to the east and initially supply power to the Heineken Cambodia brewery.

The plant aims “100% renewable thermal energy, 60% reduction of CO2 emissions in production…saving 17,000 tonnes of CO2 per year”, the May 5 joint press release issued by BECIS and the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) said without providing a concrete time frame.

However, Heineken Cambodia’s general affairs director, Anne Ollivier, has previously described the power plant as a major milestone in the company’s ambition to achieve net-zero production by 2030.

The release adds that “BECIS’ first biomass power plant project developed for Heineken in Cambodia [was] officially admitted as a Qualified Investment Project [QIP]by the CDC on February 6.

“Once completed, this project will be the largest biomass power plant in Cambodia. The addition of this new plant will add over 9 MW of installed capacity to existing plants in Cambodia.

BECIS Cambodia Country Director, Neil Allen, said in the statement, “Cambodia is a key market for BECIS in the Mekong region. Our presence in the Kingdom demonstrates our ability to serve our customers regionally in all Southeast Asian markets.

“Our go-to-market strategy has been greatly facilitated by our partnership with Confluences. Their help has been essential at every stage of our implementation in the Kingdom. The status of the QAP is another critical step in this project. This will allow us to expand our team and services locally and position ourselves as the long-term energy solutions partner in Cambodia.

The President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Cambodia, Soreasmey Ke Bin, said in the statement: “CDC’s decision to grant the BECIS biomass project QIP status demonstrates that sustainability has become essential to ensure Cambodia’s competitiveness in world markets.

“In the context of a rapidly developing country, this biomass power plant and the expertise of BECIS will contribute to building a greener land for our next generations in Cambodia.

“Not only are we honored as a company to have been chosen by a regional SEA leader to support its development and operations in the Kingdom, but we also believe that implementing more projects with “BECIS at the interior “will have an extremely positive impact on Cambodia.”

CDC Secretary General Sok Chenda Sophea added that “with a mandate to promote a responsible private sector in the Kingdom of Cambodia, and in line with the country’s commitment to sustainable development, CDC is particularly keen to encourage the development of green projects.

“Biomass power plants offer great potential to reduce fuel consumption in the Kingdom. The BECIS-Heineken biomass plant is a milestone and a perfect example in the use of renewable energy.

“More similar projects will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the climate change response that Cambodia is actively promoting,” he said.