Cambodia-based Soma Group has selected GE’s Waukesha gas engine technology to power the Hak Se mill biomass gasification project in the country.

The project is a rice husk biomass-energy project and also the country’s first integrated biomass gasification-gas engine solution.

India-based Ankur Scientific Energy Technologies is the developer of the project located in the country’s rural rice milling region of Kamphong Cham.

The project owned by Soma Energy will convert rice husk into biogas to be used by GE’s Waukesha engines to generate 1.5MW of renewable electricity.

Energy produced by the project will be sold to the local grid to add to the country’s rural electrification objectives.

Speaking of the biomass project SOMA Group CEO Sok Puthyvut said it could be an important model for the region’s rice-milling industry in the generation of renewable electricity, reducing on-site energy and waste disposal.