115-kV Transmission Line
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Client: Asian Development Bank and Cambodia Power Transmission Lines
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Owner’s and Lender’s Engineer
In Cambodia, a large electricity transmission project involved importing power from a substation in neighboring Thailand to meet urgent needs in northwest Cambodia. The project included the construction of three 115-kV/22-kV substations at regional centers in Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap; one 115-kV switching station; and 137 miles (221 kilometers) of a single-circuit 115-kV transmission line traversing three Cambodian provinces.
Parsons Brinckerhoff advised the Asian Development Bank and Cambodia Power Transmission Lines, a private joint venture, on technical, environmental and social issues, identifying all risks and offering mitigating solutions.
“Since energization of the facility in November 2007, Cambodians served by the new transmission lines have been less dependent on the more expensive option of small diesel generators,” said Fleur Parkinson, Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Environmental Scientist on the project. “Private shops and restaurants have been able to extend hours and invest income in their businesses that was previously spent on electricity.” Fuel imports and carbon emissions have also been greatly reduced.