India offers solar plant in Trincomalee

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A month after Sri Lanka decided to scrap a coal power project involving the NTPC, in Trincomalee, India has offered to build a solar power plant in the port town.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up the matter in his recent meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena in Goa, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit, highly-placed Indian government sources said.

In September, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Power and Energy told the country’s Supreme Court that it had decided to drop the plan to build a coal power plant in Sampur, Trincomalee, due to “serious environmental concerns”.

The Sri Lankan government said it was instead considering options such as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), solar and wind power.

Last month, President Sirisena unveiled Soorya Bala Sangramaya (Battle for Solar Energy), an initiative aimed at adding 220 MW of solar power to the island’s energy grid by 2020. The President said he hoped that the project would add 1,000 MW by 2025.

Following Sri Lanka’s shift towards renewable sources, India has offered to build a solar power plant in Trincomalee.

The 900 MW, Chinese-built power plant in Norocholai, 140 km north of Colombo, helps the island meet its power demands. Following a recent breakdown in the facility, the government had imposed island-wide power cuts for a few days.

The island has a total installed power generation capacity of 4,050 MW. (The Hindu)

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  • Kaboos Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:44 PM

    Indian will overtake china. They will be our main donor very soon.

    vithura Thursday, 20 October 2016 02:26 PM

    At last some sense has dawned on both sides, bringing some relief to the already displaced people of Sampur.

    The Capitalist Thursday, 20 October 2016 03:00 PM

    They are not either donating or investing. They are practically asking for a contract: We will build and you will pay, albeit with concessionary conditions.But, I like this proposal much better than a coal power plant. This might be worth considering

    sach Thursday, 20 October 2016 04:55 PM

    India has so much love for our Trincomalee

    lara Thursday, 20 October 2016 09:58 AM

    Later convert in to coal power. Why are Indians not looking g to their own power shortage in state like Bangalore and trying to help another country by investing huge amount. Something Fishy .

    Banda Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:23 AM

    A good deed indeed.

    Padmapriya Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:27 AM

    Step in right direction. If Sri Lanka can invest its own money and build it, it will be even better Sri Lanka should look into building more of wind power plants..


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