Japan likely to invest in a coal-fired power project: Harsha

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Japan is expected to invest in a coal power project in Sri Lanka which was provided 600 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, a Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Harsha de Silva said yesterday.

He is currently visiting Japan on the invitation of the Japanese Government and told Daily Mirror by phone that it would be a high efficiency coal-fired power generation project.

The deputy minister said the Japanese investment would be in addition to the proposed coal-fired project in Sampur on a joint venture with India.

However, he said he could not provide further details on the proposed project with Japan.

“We have to identify a suitable location for the project,” he said.

In January, Japan agreed with India to support the introduction of high-efficiency coal-fired power generation and renewable energy technology.

The deputy minister said Japan would invest heavily in the development of urban transportation in Sri Lanka.

“It is actually urban mass transportation. I cannot give exact details at the moment. In addition Japan will invest in the airport expansion project. Japan which has a positive attitude towards Sri Lanka will provide funding in a manner that will not be a burdan to the Sri Lankan Government,” he said.

The Norochcholai Coal-Fired power plant located in Puttalam generates 900 megawatts of electricity. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Bandula Thursday, 24 March 2016 01:17 PM

    Why not invest in Solar Power and wind power? Those are the most environmental friendly energy sources today. Coal Power will pollute air and will not be a positive development for the Tourist industry

    podi raala Thursday, 24 March 2016 02:53 PM

    Dr. make sure it's clean coal. Or get solar farms from them.

    chullaka Friday, 25 March 2016 11:34 AM

    there is nothing called clean coal. Clean coal was just a marketing gimmick by western politicians to make people believe otherwise.

    gobbaya1 Thursday, 24 March 2016 04:21 AM

    NATO via DM Android App

    Wele Vidane Thursday, 24 March 2016 04:42 AM

    Volkswagen factory?

    ara Thursday, 24 March 2016 05:15 AM

    not like the volkeswagon factory

    Hamlet Thursday, 24 March 2016 05:40 AM

    Enlightened Countries have stopped using Coal for Power Generation, because of the Environmental Pollution Caused.Sri Lanka too should be Wary of Investing in Coal Power for the same Reason!

    Rishard Thursday, 24 March 2016 05:44 AM

    Coal is not a renewable technology. Why do you want to increase the burden on the countrys economy and environment with Coal via DM Android App

    Top Cat Thursday, 24 March 2016 06:30 AM

    Good News.It is time we got high tech support from the International community. We has enough of junk during the 10 years of MR regime. Mr. Minister, now walk the talk.

    onlooker Thursday, 24 March 2016 07:16 AM

    This is all nonsense talk. If not for what MR did we would be in total darkness. Talk cannot produce anything rather than electrical power.

    ANTON Thursday, 24 March 2016 07:28 AM

    WHY CANT WE CONVERT KOLONNAWA HUGE GARBAGE MOUNTAIN INTO MEGAWATTS ???

    Top Cat Thursday, 24 March 2016 07:48 AM

    Oh! Norochcholai Coal-Fired power plant is now confirmed it does not meet the standards. We all can see it all or can not see it all (darkness)

    Vid Thursday, 24 March 2016 07:50 AM

    Shame on you Harsha. Shame on you Japan. In the middle of the worst heat wave in the history triggered by global warming, you want to bring dirty coal into our country. If you had some sense, you would have asked for clean energy not dirty coal

    Killia Thursday, 24 March 2016 07:53 AM

    VW had to cancel investments due to emission issue and Harsha is currently in Japan

    Jolla Thursday, 24 March 2016 08:01 AM

    Ppl like Onlooker are still brainwashed by MR. If not for UNPs gigantic power plants the entire country would be dark

    Loku Banda Thursday, 24 March 2016 08:10 AM

    Other countries are doing away with coal power plants. Why do we invest in these that cause environmental damage.

    Bala Thursday, 24 March 2016 08:15 AM

    No No. Total darkness wa due Norochcholai - MRs pet project.


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