GE to supply equipment for 1.5-MW biogas project in Cambodia

(SeeNews) - Jul 16, 2012 - General Electric (NYSE:GE) said Friday it has won a deal to supply Cambodian industrial company SOMA Group with its Waukesha gas engine technology to be used at a 1.5-MW rice husk biomass-to-electricity project.

SOMA's project will be Cambodia's first fully-integrated biomass gasification-gas engine installation. The Hak Se mill biomass gasification project, located in the Kampong Cham province, is also the result of an alternative energy development deal signed between GE and the Cambodian government in 2011.

No financial details of the deal were disclosed.

The Hak Se plant is being developed by India-based Ankur Scientific Energy Technologies Pvt Ltd. When completed, the new plant will convert rice husk into biogas and feed it into two GE VHP 5904 Waukesha engines to produce total of 1.5 MW of electricity. Part of the electricity will be used to power the mills operations while the remaining power will be fed into the local grid.

Commercial operation of the plant is expected to begin in March 2013.

The biomass-to-electricity project is part of a wider campaign by the Cambodian government to secure electricity supply to every village by 2020 and to hook to the grid 70% of all Cambodian households by 2030. Now, only half of all rural villages have access to electricity.

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