Sihanoukville SEZ power station

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Sihanoukville SEZ power station is a 100-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station under development in Preah Sihanouk (Sihanoukville) Province, Cambodia.

The project's Chinese name is 西港特区热电项目.

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone, where the plant is being built. Planet imagery from January 2020 to December 2021 shows the plant.

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Background on Plant

Sihanoukville SEZ power station is a 100 MW coal plant project proposed to supply power in the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ). The project is sponsored by the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone Co., a joint venture between Cambodia International Investment Development Group Co., Ltd. (CIIDG) and Jiangsu Taihu Cambodia International Economic Cooperation Zone Investment Co., Ltd. Construction began in June 2019. The plant was expected to be ready for initial trial in October 2020,[1] but was likely delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April 2021, construction of the SSEZ “2.0” was reported as steadily advancing and the 'main' construction of what appears to be the SEZ power station seemed complete (“热电厂主体建设已完工”).[2]

Unit 1 was reportedly connected to the grid and began operating on July 1, 2021. The inauguration ceremony for the project was attended by Cambodian and Chinese officials, including the Vice-Head of the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and the SEZ developer and contractor.[3]

Although the power station appeared visually completed in December 2021, the operation status of unit 2 was uncertain.

Financing

The SSEZ coal plant was financed by a loan from Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Phnom Penh branch.[4]

In June 2021, it appeared an agreement was signed with the Jiangsu Province branches of Sinosure and Bank of China to provide buyer’s export credit insurance for the plant.[5]

The People's Map

Oudom Ham, an environmental and human rights consultant, published a detailed entry about the "Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone Coal Power Plant" on The People's Map.

Power station ownership diagram (Source: The People's Map, 2021)

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone Co.
  • Parent company: Cambodia International Investment Development Group Co., Ltd. (CIIDG) and Jiangsu Taihu Cambodia International Economic Cooperation Zone Investment Co., Ltd
  • Location: Prey Nob district, Preah Sihanouk (Sihanoukville) Province, Cambodia
  • Coordinates: 10.62902, 103.63363 (exact)
  • Status: Unit 1: Operating, Unit 2: Construction
  • Gross capacity: 100 MW (2 x 50 MW)
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  • Start year: 2021
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  • Source of financing: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)

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