Holcim Sri Lanka unit to transport coal by train
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of ministers has approved a deal between cement multinational Holcim Lanka and the state railway to transport coal by rail from the eastern port of Trincomalee, a government spokesman said.
Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that under the deal coal imported by Holcim will be send by rail from the China Bay station in Trincomalee to the Mahawa railway station.
Holcim has a cement plant in Puttalam, west of Mahawa, where it uses coal to generate power for its kiln.
Senaratne said coal will be transported in containers by special trains for Holcim.
Sri Lanka’s Railway Department is looking to increase revenue from freight transport, he said. (Colombo/December 10 2015)