Sri Lanka to call bids for 300MW diesel/LNG power plant to avert crisis

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will call tenders for a 300 MegaWatt diesel combined cycle power plant that can also be operated on liquefied natural gas to avert a power crisis from the scrapping of a coal power plant.

Power and Energy Ministry Secretary Suren Batagoda said the dual fuel 300 MW plant would be located in Kerawalapitiya, north of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo.

State-run Ceylon Electricity Board was about to build a 500 MW coal plant with India’s NTPC when the Sri Lanka’s newly elected administration scrapped it, citing environmental concerns, creating power shortages from 2018 onwards.

Batagoda said the combined cycle in Kerawalapitiya would be tendered within weeks to address part of the shortage. The plant is expected to be operational by 2018, he said.
Sri Lanka also has to build a LNG terminal to unload and re-gassify LNG. The plant can run on diesel if there are delays in the terminal.

Director General of Sri Lanka’s Public Utilities Commission, Damitha Kumarasinghe confirmed that the CEB has submitted a revised generation plan which contains a 300MW combined cycle plant.

The plan would be considered at the next meeting of the commission. The commission has to approve all new power plants in Sri Lanka.

Deputy State Enterprise Minister Eran Wickremaratne said the 300MW plant would come as an public private partnership or independent power producer (IPP). (Colombo/Sept14/2016)


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