Sri Lanka reducing use of oil-fired power plants

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka has stopped using fossil fuel-based power plants generating 220 megawatts and aims to convert several more to natural gas in future, Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

The government is working on introducing an energy pricing formula and trying to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuel under its 10-year energy sector plan, he said.

 “Our long term goal is to achieve a green energy-based green economy beyond 2020,” he told a forum where companies from both Sri Lanka and France discussed solutions to climate change.

“We have retired fuel based power stations that were generating 220MW. Another 655 MW of existing plants will be converted into gas, thereby reducing our carbon foot print,” Ranawaka told the forum organised by the Embassy of France in partnership with the French Development Agency and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re in the process of scaling down coal power use beyond 2020. We’ve taken a decision – no more coal after Sampur,” he said referring to a coal power plant to be built by India in Sampur, in the eastern port of Trincomalee.
“Now we’re setting up rapid charging stations for electric cars and we’re launched a study on railway electrification.”

Ranawaka said that having achivieved almost 100 percent electrification in the island, the next goal was customer service.

“The next step is to improve the quality of service. We’re going to have performance and safety standards in the power sector.”

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