Power and Renewable Energy Minister elaborates on Sampur plant

Power and Renewable Energy Minister elaborates on Sampur plant

Power and Renewable Energy Minister elaborates on Sampur plant

Written by Tharushan Fernando

25 Mar, 2016 | 8:44 pm

One hundred  and seventy seven (177) acres of land in Sampur ,which were under the Sri Lanka Navy, were released to their original owners.

To symbolise the release of the lands, the documents were officially handed over to the Northern Province Governor by Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya.

Even though it was said that the generation of electricity with the use of coal will be price-effective, Minister of Power and Renewable energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya at an event in Vavuniya on Friday, said that the attempt is to save 400MW of energy by the year 2020

“We have been speaking of the Sampur Coal Power Plant for eight years. But we have not been able to do anything”, said the minster. He added that 500MW is being generated and the cost needs to be borne for that so loans need to be taken and later the expense of coal imports per year has also be borne.

He explained that 2.4 million metric tonnes of coal per year is required and Rs.65 billion is needed for that purpose.

“We have to bear 40 percent of the national expense for the importation of fuel. Half of it is used for electricity generation”, said the minster

Chief Operations Officer for the Environmental Foundation, Chamila Weeratunga added that the CEB says that this is the “most economical way” of generating electricity and the minster of energy says that a large amount of money is sent to foreign countries to import coal into the country. So if this is not economically profitable, why is the government not acting after looking into this properly, he asked.

“”The question we have is why cannot electricity generation be done using the renewable energy methods like solar and wind power, after carrying out more tests regarding this” charged Chief Operations Officer,Weeratunga.

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