Chinese power projects in Sri Lanka raises concerns in India

Chinese power projects in Sri Lanka raises concerns in India

Chinese power projects in Sri Lanka raises concerns in India

Written by Staff Writer

14 Feb, 2021 | 9:18 pm

COLOMBO (News1st): The contract awarded to a Chinese firm for three power projects in Sri Lanka has raised concerns, as the country backed out of an agreement to award a 49 percent stake of the Colombo Port’s East Container Terminal to India’s Adani Group.

While the debate on the East Container Terminal of the Colombo port continues, the awarding of a contract to install a Hybrid Renewable Energy System on three Islands in the Jaffna peninsula located 50kms from India, to a Chinese Company had given rise to concerns in India.

Recently India lodged a strong protest with Sri Lanka on the award of this tender to a Chinese company, for the construction of renewable energy power plants on the Delft, Nagadeepa and Analthivu islands.

“The project is a commercial activity in accordance with the international bidding model,” a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka told News1st.

The spokesperson pointed out that the Chinese company involved in the project is a private firm and that the embassy is unaware of the “specifics of the contract”.

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