Sinohydro to build Cambodia’s 193.2-MW Kamchay

China’s state-owned Sinohydro Corp. Ltd. signed an agreement February 23 to build the 193.2-MW Kamchay hydroelectric project on the Kamchay River in Cambodia.

The US$280 million project, 80 miles southwest of Phnom Penh, is to provide cheap electricity to lure foreign investment to the impoverished country, Cambodian officials said.

Construction is expected to finish in 2010 with the plant generating 498 million kWh per year, said Bun Narith, deputy director general of the Energy Department.

Under its 44-year contract, Sinohydro will charge 8 U.S. cents per kWh compared with the current average cost of 13 cents per kWh in Cambodia.

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