50248-001: Cambodia Solar Power Project | Asian Development Bank

Cambodia: Cambodia Solar Power Project

Nonsovereign (Private) Project | 50248-001 Status: Approved

The Project entails construction and operation of the first utility-scale solar power project in Cambodia with capacity of 10 MWp DC. The Project is located in Bavet City, Svay Rieng Province, near the border with Viet Nam. The Project went through an international competitive bidding process which seeks public-private partnerships that are transparent, competitive, and provide a level playing field. The Project is therefore expected to unlock Cambodias underutilized renewable energy resources and set an important precedent in the renewable energy sector in the country. A consortium led by Sunseap, a leading solar developer from Singapore, has won the bid with a highly competitive tariff which is lower than the estimated average electricity supply cost in Cambodia.

Project Details

Project Officer
Hashizume, Shuji Private Sector Operations Department Request for information
Country
  • Cambodia
Sector
  • Energy
 
Project Name Cambodia Solar Power Project
Project Number 50248-001
Borrower/Company Sunseap Asset (Cambodia) Co. Ltd.
Country Cambodia
Location Bavet
Type or Modality of Assistance
7498/3495 Loan USD 3.60 million Approved
7498/80 B-Loan USD 3.00 million Approved
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Renewable energy generation - solar

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Division Portfolio Management Division, PSOD
Responsible ADB Officer Hashizume, Shuji
Project Sponsor(s) SchneiTec Co. Ltd.
Sunseap International Pte. Ltd
Description The Project entails construction and operation of the first utility-scale solar power project in Cambodia with capacity of 10 MWp DC. The Project is located in Bavet City, Svay Rieng Province, near the border with Viet Nam. The Project went through an international competitive bidding process which seeks public-private partnerships that are transparent, competitive, and provide a level playing field. The Project is therefore expected to unlock Cambodias underutilized renewable energy resources and set an important precedent in the renewable energy sector in the country. A consortium led by Sunseap, a leading solar developer from Singapore, has won the bid with a highly competitive tariff which is lower than the estimated average electricity supply cost in Cambodia.
Objectives and Scope The project is the first utility-scale solar power plant in Cambodia, and the first competitively tendered renewable energy IPP project in the country. ADB's leading role in the financing package of the project will help demonstrate the benefits of increasing Cambodia's power supply through low-cost PPP arrangements from indigenous, renewable energy sources; and signal to the government, investors, and international financiers that private sector-led infrastructure investments can be undertaken successfully in a transparent manner, at a competitive price, and with a sound financing package.
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project is aligned with ADB's country partnership strategy, 2014 2018 for Cambodia, and ADB's Energy Policy.
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects An initial environmental and social examination (IESE) has been prepared for the project. The project site is far from environment-sensitive areas and is largely surrounded by rice fields. Construction-related impacts such as an increase in dust and noise levels, and occupational and community health and safety risks, are not expected to be significant, given the short duration of the construction phase and the availability of readily implementable mitigation measures.
Involuntary Resettlement All land required for the project site has been purchased from the sellers through negotiated settlement on a willing-buyer willing-seller basis. An overhead transmission line for electricity evacuation will use an existing canal and roadside right-of-way, which has been planned to avoid involuntary displacement impacts.
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation
Concept Clearance 26 Jul 2016
Credit Committee Meeting 27 Oct 2016
Approval 07 Dec 2016
Last PDS Update 19 Dec 2016

Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program. Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

The Public Communications Policy (PCP) recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.

The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.

In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Cambodia Solar Power Project: Initial Environmental and Social Examination Report Environment and Social Impact Assessments Oct 2016

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

None currently available.


The Public Communications Policy (PCP) establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced in its operations to facilitate stakeholder participation in ADB's decision-making. For more information, refer to the Safeguard Policy Statement, Operations Manual F1, and Operations Manual L3.

Requests for information may also be directed to the InfoUnit.