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Sri Lanka plans 20MW hydro power plant on Seethawaka River

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is planning a 20MegaWatt hydro power plant in Seethawaka River, a tributary of the Kelani River system, which could potentially generate about 50 GigaWatt hours of energy.

The cabinet of ministers had given the nod for Power Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya to engage Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau, a state-run firm, for expert services for the project, the state information service said.

The hydro power station is to be located in the Hingurlakanda village in Dehiowita in the Kegalle District.

The power ministry had earlier said it will cost around $60 million to build, and it will be classified as a mini-hydro plant.

Sri Lanka has run out locations for large electric power stations.

Several hydro power locations, including Kukule Ganga, had been built with shorter-than-optimum dams due to protests from environmentalists.

The Kelani River system, which runs on the Western side of Sri Lanka’s central hills (wet zone), has high rainfall even during monsoons. (Colombo/Oct06/2016)

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