Sri Lanka to call for competitive bids for coal plant with India

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will call for international bids for a 500MW coal-fired power plant to be built in Sampur, in eastern Trincomalee, the Ceylon Electricity Board’s General Manager M C Wickramasekara said.

The plant, with two units of 250MW, will be a joint venture between the Ceylon Electricity Board and India’s largest power utility, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

“We have just got conditional environmental clearance,” CEB General Manager M C Wickramasekara told

A key change would be the requirement to change the location of the power plant’s cooling water outlet.

Wickramasekara said the final bid documents were being readied to invite bids to build the plant.

 “Anyone can bid, not only Indians,” he said.

The plant was delayed partly due to an earlier plant to only buy Indian equipment and the project had a projected ‘heat rate’ that is weaker. International compeitive bids would force the supplier to be an efficient plant, whether with Indian or other technology. (COLOMBO, April 05, 2016)

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