Cambodia chooses coal in rush for power

From the top of a low hill, farmer Pich Sophat points to an area scarred by excavators. Remnants of a house can still be seen in the centre of land being cleared for Cambodia’s Botum Sakor coal-fired power plant. A newly excavated ditch marking the site ...

Michael Tatarski, Chan Muyhong

Cambodia's shift to coal power riles global brands

Cambodia’s embrace of new coal power projects is making the Southeast Asian state “less attractive” to international brands producing in the country. In a letter addressed to the Cambodian government and seen by the Nikkei Asian Review, several major companies expressed concern about the country’s plans ...

SHAUN TURTON

Covid-induced energy plunge shrinks coal development in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia’s response to the Covid‑19 outbreak has curtailed electricity use and industrial production, pushing down coal consumption even further this year, according to the latest report from a non-governmental organisation which monitors worldwide fossil fuel infrastructure. Even before Covid-19, new coal plant construction was already slowing in the ...

Hannah Alcoseba Fernandez

Vietnam considers scrapping half of coal power plant pipeline in favour of gas and renewables

The coming decade could see Vietnam shelve nearly half of its currently planned coal power plant capacity as alternative sources of energy take up growing shares in its power mix, the government-affiliated research body tasked with drawing up the nation’s next power sector roadmap has ...

Tim Ha

Coal: A burning question

Cambodia and other Asean member states have discussed the future of the coal mining business for the power sector in the region, according to the Cambodia Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME). The Ministry said the discussion was made at the Asean Coal Business Roundtable Dialogue ...

Sorn Sarath

Laos Plans New Coal-Fired Power Plant in Sekong Province

Laos has plans to build a new coal-fired power plant in Sekong province in the southeastern part of the country, raising concerns among local residents and environmental groups who fear damage to area farmland and forests, sources in the one-party communist state say. Permission to carry ...

RFA’s Lao Service. Translated by Max Avary. Written in English by Richard Finney.

Deeper look into ecological costs of coal-fired power in Mekong Delta needed: expert

Ecological expert Nguyễn Hữu Thiện speaks to Nông Nghiệp Việt Nam (Việt Nam’s Agriculture) newspaper on the need for clearer environmental regulations for thermopower plants in the Mekong Delta to reduce risks to the region’s aquatic resources What are the notable characteristics of the Mekong Delta’s fish resources? The ...

Royal Group to invest $1.5 billion in 700 MWs coal fired power plant

A 700 megawatt (mW) coal-fired power plant has been approved for development in Koh Kong’s Botum Sakor district by the Cabinet. The $1.5 billion investment in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) plant is a  venture by Cambodian tycoon Okhna Kith Meng’s Royal Group. A source familiar with ...

Khmer Times

Leading NGOs urge Vietnam to scrap new coal-fired power projects

12 organizations specializing in health and environment together have called on Vietnam to scrap 14 new coal plants. Concerned by the environmental and health toll that coal-fired power plants exact, leaders of 12 networks and non-government organizations collectively urged Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to stop ...

Sen

Southeast Asia turning away from coal power

Countries in Southeast Asia are building fewer coal-fired plants than expected as lenders distance themselves from the polluting technology. A new report from Global Energy Monitor (GEM) finds that new coal capacity has fallen sharply from a peak of almost 13 gigawatts (GW) in 2016 to ...

Christopher Davy

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