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Sri Lanka expects LTL, another 300MW power plant in 3 years: Minister

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s LTL Holdings is expected to build a 300 MegaWatt liquefied natural gas cable power plant within three years, while a second 300 MW plant would also be built, Power Minister Dullas Allahapperuma said.

The Cabinet of Ministers had decided to award the 300MW dual fuel IPP to LTL group in February 2020, on the condition that all court cases are withdrawn.

The tender for the IPP floated during the last administration ended in a dispute after LTL Holdings went to court over the award of the contract to another bidder, Windforce group.

LTL went to court after a cabinet appointed appeal board awarded it to another bidder.

The cabinet of ministers had decided to award the contract to LTL on condition that court cases are withdrawn.

Legislator Nalin Badandara asked why the contract has not been proceeded with despite the decision though the court cases had been withdrawn.

Allahapperuma told parliament said he met LTL met the chairman and representatives of LTL two weeks ago.

“LTL has withdraw from the court cases,” he said.

The Cabinet had also approved calling international tenders for another 300 MW combined cycle capable of liquefied natural gas.

“In the next three years we intend to connect two 300MW LNG power plants to the national grid,” Minister Allahapperuma said.

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The LTL plant was expected to be a dual fuel combined cycle plant. It will run on LNG only if a terminal to import and store the fuel is built. (Colombo/Oct09/2020)