Sri Lanka confirms scrapping of coal plant with India

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has confirmed the scrapping of a 500 MegaWatt coal plant in Trincomalee planned as a joint venture with India, during court hearing on a petition filed by environmentalists.

Power Secretary Suren Batagoda said the government had conveyed the position that no coal power plant will be built in Trincomalee, ending the court case.

The coal plant was to have been built as a joint venture with India, but wrangling over pricing and feasibility delayed its construction.

The new administration said that the planned plants will be made into a liquefied natural gas plant. LNG is cleaner but more expensive. (Colombo/Sept12/2016)

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