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 via video conference. Cambodia and Myanmar hosted the meeting.

The forum was attended by 300 participants from all 10 Asean members, coal power policy experts from the Global Coal Association and international investment companies on coal.

The forum was aimed at mutual exchanging information on the future of coal mining resources for power diversification in the region, set up potential investment opportunities and to strengthen the role of using clean coal technology, which is more environmentally friendly by extracting much toxicity from the fumes.

Victor Jona, director-general of energy and spokesman at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said that in the framework of Asean’s cooperation on power, coal is among eight power resources to ensure power security.

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Sorn Sarath