A 700-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Cambodia’s Preah Sihanouk province is set to begin construction soon, as authorities announce they have completed an environmental and social impact review. The $1.3 billion project will be developed by Cambodia International Investment Development Group Co. Ltd. (CIIDG), in coordination with partner Huadian Sihanoukville Power Generation Co. Ltd.

Huadian Sihanoukville Power Generation is a subsidiary of China Huadian Corp. Ltd., one of the five largest Chinese state-owned power generation enterprises.

The project will be built on 54.9 ha of land in the province’s Stung Hav district, with construction scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.

In December, Electricite du Cambodge (EdC) director-general Keo Rattanak said the proposed power plant will be constructed in two phases, with each phase capable of producing about 350 MW (net) of baseload power.

Phase I is expected to be connected to the national grid by 2023, and Phase II is set to be integrated the following year, he said.

CIIDG operates a $383 million power plant in Preah Sihanouk province. The 270-MW capacity plant was split into two phases. The second 135-MW phase will be completed next year.