EDF eyes gas deal in Cambodia

France’s EDF is in negotiations with Cambodia to construct a gas-fired power plant that would be fuelled by natural gas reserves located in disputed waters off the country’s coast.

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault met Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh to discuss the deal and the company is close to signing a memorandum of understanding to enter into more detailed negotiations.

French ambassador-in-waiting, Serge Mostura, told reporters that”the plant will enable the city of Phnom Penh to get the energy it needs”. The Cambodian capital suffers regular blackouts during the hottest months of the year because of a lack of supply.

The deal is complicated by the challenge of access to the natural gas located in offshore blocks that are in a disputed territory with neighbouring Thailand. French oil firm Total has exploration rights in the area and is awaiting a resolution to the dispute.

Solar plant to help bridge energy gap in Pakistan

Korean Solar Energy Company has launched a 1000 MW solar project in Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province. The plant is expected to cover the province’s current power shortfall of 900 MW.

“The Korean government has agreed to invest in the power sector of Balochistan, and has signed a memorandum of understanding for building a 300 MW solar power plant with the provincial government and to start work on the remaining 700 MW of the project,” said Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Aslam Shakir Baloch. He added that the province was moving ahead on the $9.1m Solar Energy Home Project, in which about 300 villages will receive electricity.

Singapore set for $808m gas boost

Senoko Energy has inaugurated two gas-fired power stations and says the plants will add 862 MW in capacity to Singapore’s grid.

In a move to cut down its carbon dioxide emissions, the Singaporean power producer has converted three 250 MW oil-fired plants into two high-efficiency natrual gas-fired combined cycle plants.

The power generator is reported to have invested S$1 bn ($808m) in repowering the three oil-fired plants.

The company plans to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Jurong Island receiving terminal in Singapore. This LNG facility is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of 2013.

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