Monday, June 20, 2016

Chinese company to conduct feasibility study on Sambor hydropower project to Cambodia in 2006 | ID: 33130

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In early November 2006, the China Southern Power Grid Company (CGS) announced that its subsidiary, the Guangxi Power Industry Surveying and Design Institute, would conduct a new feasibility study for the Sambor Hydropower Project; a 467 MW hydropower project at sites including Sambor in Kratie, Cambodia. China Southern Power Grid Company had earlier signed an MoU with Cambodian Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy (MIME) at the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) expo in Nan Ning in October 2006. The company was planning to open the hydropower project in 2016.
CGS has withdrawn from the Sambor Hydropower Project in September 2011, citing environmental impact concerns. This is amid controversy and public backlash by the local villagers who protested that the dams would ruin their fisheries and consequently threaten their food security, as well as evict about 5000 people from their homes. Protest began when word got out regarding CGS's feasibility study in 2008.
In November 2010, China Guodian Corporation has signed an MOU with the Cambodian Government to conduct feasibility studies for the hydropower projects; one of the projects is proposed to have an installed capacity of 2600-MW. It is one out of 16 agreements signed by Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress in November 2010; other agreements include the MOU for the feasibility studies of Srepok 3(Project ID#38831) and Srepok 4 dam (Project ID#38835). Dam is suppose to launch in 2019.
STAFF_NOTE: As of 2012, the project is still in the proposal stage. Details regarding the progress of the project are yet to be found.
  • Capacity: Feasibility Study on 467 MW Hydropower Project

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