Thursday, May 21, 2009

Natural gas power plant begins construction in Kerawalapitiya

By Hemanthi Guruge

The Ministry of Power and Energy yesterday said the foundation stone will be laid for the first natural gas power plant tomorrow at Kerawalapitiya by the Minister of Power and Energy John Seneviratne.

Ministry sources said that $ 600 million was estimated to complete the Kerawalapitiya power plant and it will provide 488 MW electricity for the national grid.

The investor of the project has assured that the power plant would be completed within 18 months.

At present Sri Lanka was facing severe problems in generating hydro power due to the drought conditions around the country and the government has turned to find alternative power sources

However 10% increase of electricity demand is expected in the country annually and the government has already taken action to build new power plants using profitable sources such as natural gas, coal etc., under the 10 year plan for electricity generation.