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Japan to back LNG power plant in SL

The Japanese Government is giving assurances to support the building of an LNG Gas Power Plant in Sri Lanka in order to address the power shortage in the country.

Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama has made this show of support to the Minister of Passenger Transport Management, Power and Energy Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday (9 Dec).

In a media statement, the Ministry of Power and Energy said that the only viable solution to the long-term power crisis in Sri Lanka is the establishment of the LNG gas power plant since none of such power plants was established since 2016.

“Sri Lanka has been facing power crisis from time to time which has resulted in an increase in electricity bills and Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) becoming a huge loss-making the institution,” the statement said.

Minister Amaraweera also pointed out that there is a delay in establishing the first LNG power plant in Kerawalapitiya and it was scheduled to be completed by 2022 but the commencing of the project has got further delayed. 

The minister also said that he would take all possible action as the subject minister in order to commence the project as soon as possible 

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