The Blue Circle, Royal Group to develop ‘first wind project’ in Cambodia

Singapore-based renewable energy developer The Blue Circle and Cambodian conglomerate Royal Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop, finance, build, own and operate a 100-MW wind project located in the eastern province of Mondulkiri, about 280 km from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

This is the first wind project in the country, according to The Blue Circle. The company has been measuring the wind since 2019 with a 120-m met mast and various Spidar equipment.

Based on the average wind speed recorded, the project’s site is considered “one of the top wind sites in Cambodia and in all of Southeast Asia,” said The Blue Circle. “The particular wind pattern in this part of the lower Mekong region would drive potential power production mainly during the dry season, from November to April.”

“This seasonal monsoon particularity would ideally supplement hydro power production which represents more than 45% of the energy mix in Cambodia and is providing power mainly during the wet season, from May to October,” added The Blue Circle.

With this new partnership, The Blue Circle and Royal Group aim to contribute towards Cambodia’s 2050 carbon neutral target set by the Ministry of Environment in 2022.

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