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Sri Lanka plans coal power plants in south

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is to rely heavily on more coal-fired power plants in future with several planned for the south in addition to an already planned one in the east, according to the state utilities new generation plan.

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) plans to build 1,200MW of coal power plants in the eastern Trincomalee port after a 500MW Indian unit is commissioned along with another 1,500MW in the south.

The CEB’s Long Term Generation Expansion Plan 2015-2034 said the earliest possible date of commissioning of 2x250MW coal plants by Trincomalee Power Company Limited under the Indian project is now 2020 considering the present progress of the project.

The project has been delayed by several years.

“Any further implementation delay of the plants would cause major capacity shortage and lead to a severe power crisis from year 2020 onwards,” the CEB’s new plan says.

The other candidate coal-fired power plants were considered from year 2022 based on the progress of the feasibility studies, it said. (Colombo/September 21 2015)

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