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Sri Lanka 10MW lower cost wind plants by Ceylex delayed

Aug 27, 2017 13:58 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)

WIND POWER:  Naladhanavi, a wind power plant built by Ceylex Engineering in Puttalam, Sri Lanka.

ECONOMYNEXT - Two 10MegaWatt wind power plants awarded after international tender has been delayed due to problems in getting land, Deputy Power Minister Ajith Perera said.

Ceylex Engineering (Pvt) Ltd,
earlier known as LTL Projects, connected to some of the shareholders of LTL Projects, won the tender to supply wind power to the Ceylon Electricity Board, at the lowest 12.29 rupees a unit price.

However there were objections from the people in the area and District Secretary had accepted the objections. A new land has now been identified, Perera said.

Industry analysts say if the private developer was asked to find the land, the project would have gone ahead faster. When the state-run CEB is asked to find land, it is subject to government procurement rules and various pressures.

The wind tender itself was opened with difficulty when the Treasury raised objections. Those who want low cost power say the move shows the power of the so-called 'renewable energy mafia' which want high fixed tariffs.

The renewable lobby has earlier successfully lobbied the regulator as well as others involved in preparing feed in tariffs to get higher unit rates.

Based on the location, how strong the wind is costs, the technology used and the project management expertise of the developer the cost of generation at each location may differ. (Colombo/Aug27/2017)


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