Written by Lahiru Fernando
06 Mar, 2016 | 9:12 pm
Environmentalists claim that the Sampur Coal Power Plant Project could have a severe impact on the country’s eco-systems. The power plant is expected to add 500 mega watts to the national grid, with the aid of two power generators with a capacity of 250mw each.
The Sampur Power Plant is being constructed on a 500 acre expanse of land. The cost is estimated at $600 million USD.
Environmentalist Pubudu Weerarathne voiced his concerns, stating that with the north eastern monsoon season, the ash produced from the burning of coal at the power plant will be blown into the interior parts of the country.
Pubudu Weerarathne also noted that the water required to cool down the heat of the power plant would be obtained from the Codiar Bay or from the surrounding sea area, and that at the same time, the heated water will be directed back to the sea without being cooled. He noted that this may cause a major change in the temperature and currents – with a possibility of an increase in the area temperature.
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