The Senate in Cambodia has given the greenlight to two coal-power plants and a power transmission line with a combined value of $1.7 billion. The government has a target of providing 70% of all households access to reliable and affordable electricity by 2030, according to the UN. The projects are crucial to increase the capacity of power sources and ensure a secure and stable power supply at affordable tariffs. The Senate approval comes about two months after the Council of Ministers’ approval early in February.

Han Seng Coal Mine Co. Ltd. (HSCMC) will invest in a 265-MW coal power plant located in Oddar Meanchey province’s Trapaing Prasat district using coal from the area, the council said. Royal Group will develop the second plant, which will generate 700 MW of electricity. It will use imported coal and be located in Koh Kong provinceís Botum Sakor district.

HSCMC also received government approval for the construction of a 230-kW power-transmission line connecting Trapaing Prasat to the Siem Reap East substation.