Sri Lanka starts work on two 10MW waste-to-energy plants

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has started work on two waste-to-energy plants of 10 MegaWatts each to incinerate municipal waste in the Western Province with a combined investment of 27 billion rupees, Western Megapolis Minister Champika Ranawaka said.

The last administration had not solved the garbage problem, but allowed mountains to pile up, and two licenses were given to private firms to build incinerators, by a competitive bidding process, by the current administration before the deadly Meethotamulla garbage disaster, Ranawaka said.

Ranawaka was speaking at a foundation stone laying ceremony attended by President Maithripala Sirisena where work began on two plants.

Western Power, a unit of Aitken Spence, had been given a license 10 years ago and a Supreme Court order was also there, but due to various problems, the project had been delayed. The other firm that began work was K C T C H Jang.

Both firms were investing up to 27 billion rupees to build the incinerators and power plants.

Municipal waste had low energy content of about 5,000-6,000 kilojoules per kilogram compared to 25,000 for coal and 45,000 for diesel, he said.

The Ceylon Electricity Board is paying up to 26 rupees a unit for water-to-energy.

He said Power Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya had personally intervened to get the projects going. Local authorities were spending about 5,000 to 8,000 rupees to collect a tonne of garbage, and he said he was not sure how fair the costs were.

Other than in Colombo, the rates paid by householders were not enough to cover garbage collection costs, he said. (Colombo/Aug10/2017)





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