On 7th July2016: NGO exposure visit to China Huadian Lower Stung Russei Chrum Hydro-Electric Project in Koh Kong province. A meeting was organized by General Deputy of the company to share information related to project background and its profile as well. There are 14 participants (5 from Chinese Company Representatives and 9 NGOs representatives with 2 females) attended.
At this time, the General Deputy Director brief background and progress as following:
China Huadian Lower Stung Russei Chrum Hydro-Electric Project (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Huadian Hong Kong Co., Ltd. It is duly incorporated under a 35-year BOT agreement with the Cambodian Government, with a total investment of $500 million. The project is situated on the Stung Russei Chrum River in the western part of Koh Kong province, housing two power stations with combined annual output of 1.199 billion kilowatt-hours on average. With a total installed capacity of 338MW, it is the largest hydropower project in operation in Cambodia and the largest hydropower project China Huadian invested abroad. The power generation facility has started operation in late 2013, aiming to benefit power-underserved local villages and factories.
He shared that, the company also focuses on environment, infrastructure, social and green zone as well, and construction procedure, process also followed Government policy procedure.
During a meeting most participants are very interested the project and have some questions related to environment, social, infrastructure and etc.
Mr. Tek Vannara. PhD brief and proposed key messages as below:
• The company should allow other Company, CSOs to exchange visit and seek for understanding share experiences knowledge and good practice.
• NGOF has regular quarterly meeting at Phnom Penh with Chinese ambassador chamber of commerce, Chinese Embassy and other Chinese stakeholders, if possible the company should joint meeting to share good practice to other for improving their performance to be responsible for CSR.
• The company has contributed some budget to MoE and Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) for environment and social affair, but should consider part of fund to directly support to local community who live near or surrounding project for livelihood intervention and small scale infrastructure such as well, pond and etc. It means that, local communities directly benefit and they will be happy what company done.
• If possible company should provide smart phone to local authorities for sharing any urgent information
• Mechanism for 6 month or 12 month internships to provide an opportunity for Cambodian students to learn and improve their knowledge and skill.
The Representative Company very satisfies the recommendation and will consider with his colleagues and supervisor.