Sri Lanka cabinet clears 300MW coal plant in Norochcholai

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers had cleared a proposal to build a fourth 300 MegaWatt coal power plant in the West Coast, the state information office.

The plant is expected to be built in Norochcholai, in the same location as three existing coal plants.

The plant is proposed in line with a 2018-2037 long term generation plan of state-run Ceylon Electricity Board.

The current administration scuttled a 500MW coal plant in Trincomallee which was to have been built as a joint venture with India, just as contractors were to be tendered.

Coal is the cheapest source of power, but is more polluting than liquefied natural gas. (Colombo/Setp25/2019)