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Sri Lanka coal plant for international tender; may start in June: minister

Feb 21, 2015 08:07 AM GMT+0530 | 6 Comment(s)

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) - An India, Sri Lanka joint venture 500 MegaWatt coal power plant may begin construction by mid this year after environmental clearance is received with international tenders being called for the generators, a minister said.

Power Minister Patali Ranawaka said the key sticking point involving the procurement of the most efficient power plants (with the best heat rate) has been cleared with the Indian partners agreeing to go for international tenders for procurement.

"When you go for international bidding you can get the maximum efficiency," Minister Ranawaka told the Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo.

"That is how we by passed the technical impediment. We are now addressing other issues. Financial – especially the interest rate – and also environmental issues.

Minister Ranawaka said an environmental impact assessment (EIA) on the power station, which is to be built in Sampur, on a bank of a bay in Trincomallee in northeastern Sri Lanka has been completed and was available for public comment.

If all goes well, the physical construction could begin by May or June 2015, he said.

The plant is a joint ventre between India's NTPC and Sri Lanka's Ceylon Electricity Board. Both are state-run.



  1. Wasuda March 22, 01:04 AM

    Dear BW what about sea power.Which is the power produced by currents in the sea and tapping them either by barges or any other means like platforms then transmiting that current to the land by marine cables.I can understand that there are possibilities along Puttlam to KKS sea belt will be ideal for this.I understand from your writing that you looks to be knowing about CEB.Invite you to go ahead with this idea and study the feasability in economical vise and commertial vise.Then the unit cost per generated electricity will be much cheaper.

  2. vijitha March 21, 05:23 AM

    This is something like what happened to CGR in 1965 when UNP government was in power.CGR added 82 Diesel hydraulic engines to replace 212 steam locomotives saying they are expensive as coal was expensive in the market,and diesel was cheap.After sometime they sold the steam locomotives for scrap.The diesel prices went up in the world coal prices came down.Where were the locomotives to run they were in Panchikaawatte.Poor nations poorer people had to pay the panelty.Only the heigher ups made money.This is what is hapening in every projects in this country.Endless corruptions.Look at southern highway.Who is the ignorant instructed then president install such a massive seperation steel work at the center of the road for nearly 80 miles.They should have used the center line of the road as in the original design and develope either sides as need occurs.No one can say that the energy experts in the world today is mad to design solar bullet trains. Fosile fuel is not cheap.Arabs are planning to sell solar and wind energy to Europe now as it is much cheaper when compared to the number of operations that has to be taken before fire.

  3. BW March 21, 07:21 AM

    @Vijitha, Don't get misled by the solar energy lobby. As a poor country the people of Sri Lanka cannot afford solar power. Solar is the most expensive source of power, despite recent falls in PV cell costs.

    Your German data is completely wrong. In Germany a tiny amount of energy is generated by solar - about 6- 7 percent.

    But installed capacity is massive - 38 GigaWatt hours or about 20 percent or more. Do you know what that means in terms of money spent? Look at this graph The yellow is installed capacity. See how big it is. The renewable technology companies make billions upon billion of dollars installing these massive plants which generate tiny amounts of energy.

    And look at this graph.
    See the yellow bar? This is the actual energy generated. Is it 40 percent? No. It is tiny.

    The grey is conventional, like coal and gas. Installed capacity is small but most of the energy is actually generated from those. Wind is doing better.

    Do you know that fossil fuels are cheap and efficient? That they are massively taxed? That renewable companies like solar on the other had grab billions of dollars or marks or whatever by telling lies like this? They are net eaters of tax dollars.

    But there are more efficient renewables like large hydros. They do not have to lie, they are cheap. Wind is becoming better.

    But the problem is when there is wind and solar you have build gas and coal plants to cope with when they are not producing, where there is cloud, when there is no wind.

    So who pays the cost of idle conventional capacity build and kept for use when unpredictable solar and wind power dry up? The consumer pays, remember. Do you add the cost of installed conventional energy to the cost of solar? No.

    Who pays? You, the consumer pay. So poor countries cannot afford this. Look at what has happened in Sri Lanka. CEB has lost its most profitable housedhold customers to solar companies. Solar companies are minting millions, and he CEB which has build networks to the house has to now PAY THE consumer for power taken in during daytime, when the load is low and capacity is idle. This is a scam. Can't you see that?

    And Sri Lanka is a country that taxes rice, tinned fish, and potatoes. Come on, we have poor people here. How much can they pay?

  4. vijitha March 21, 02:16 AM

    Do we actually need coal powered generated power plants for Sri Lanka?.Imported coal cost foreign exchange every minute when the plant is in operation.Day by day the price of coal will go up.What we will get is pollution of air and waste of money.Now Germany gets 40 percent of its energy from solar farms.Where even then not more than 6 hrs good sunshine.But we are going to Install power plants fired by imported coal.What a madness.How much energy could be harvested from solar ,wind ,solar sea power from this area.No citizen can call this as yahapaalanaya.We have to find a word for this.This is more worse than previous govt:Net work of roads at huge investment at huge interest paying back to for loans. Don't push the poor nation into disaster its not the people who suffer but general public has to pay the penalty as repayments.Please stop this project and think of some thing that is cheap and save the country.

  5. Sunil February 22, 05:31 AM

    Should Sri Lanka not be extremely cautious about getting into coal fired power generation due to the huge pollution problems that go with?

    Is this another Trojan Horse that has landed on Sri Lanka soil,I wonder?Minister Ranawake must consider the longer term impact on peoples health on this side of the Palk Strait rather than short sighted short term gains if in fact a proper feasibility study has not been undertaken and the people notified of the details.That is Yahapalanaya not what existed before 9th January,2015.

  6. Giabao February 21, 11:52 AM

    Then what is the point in getting Indians to JV in this ?

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