Environmentalists question objectives for constructing coal power plants that harm the environment

Environmentalists question objectives for constructing coal power plants that harm the environment

Written by Staff Writer

30 Mar, 2016 | 9:10 pm

Minister of Power and Renewable, Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya on Wednesday March 29, 2016 stated:

“… We do not hope construct any more of such power-plants after Sampur…”

“… Sampur 01 and 02 is being done with Japan. Afterwards our aim is to enter into renewable power generation …”

Environmentalists say that despite the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya making the objective clear, the negative impact caused by coal-powered power plants would obstruct the path towards achieve these goals.

They claim that after the environment is destroyed, there would be no point in even thinking about renewable energy.

According to the project, to increase thermal power generation under the Ceylon Electricity Board’s long term-plan, three more coal powered power-plants are to be constructed.

The first step was the 900 MW Norochcholai Coal Power Plant which is already in operation, while the next step would be the proposed Sampur Coal Power Plant.

According to Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, the second Sampur plant will be constructed with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization of Japan.

The basic thermal plant design was prepared for 1200 MW and has been termed as High Efficiency and Eco Friendly Coal-Fired Thermal Power Plant.

Thereby, a 2600 MW Coal Power Plant is to be constructed in Sri Lanka.

According to environemtalists, pursuing a Coal Fired Power Plant rather than a natural-gas-fueled power plant, which is cost and time efficient, raises more issues.

Experts also say that claims made in the pre-feasibility study, citing that natural-gas-fueled power plants are at high cost, is one that is misleading.

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