Sri Lanka to call for international bids for 60MW of emergency power
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government has decided to call for international bids from the private sector within two weeks to add 60 MW of emergency power to the national grid after successive monsoon failures drastically reduced hydropower capacity, a spokesman said.
The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy has said it is not prudent to rely on existing hydropower capacity of 1,350 MW, which is only 30 percent of the 3,900MW of installed capacity.
The water inflow to the reservoirs is today at the lowest in a decade owing to the failure of the island’s twin monsoons.
The Ceylon Electricity Board plans to add 60MW of extra capacity to the system for six months from February 2017.
The plants are to be installed in three or more suitable locations to ease transmission constraints in the central and southern provinces, the ministry said.
Government policy is to avoid power cuts, Power and Renewable Energy Deputy Minister Ajith Perera said.
(COLOMBO, Jan 12, 2016)