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The agreement for the second coal power plant in Sri Lanka with the installed capacity of 500 MWs will be signed by officials of India and Sri Lanka in Colombo this morning at a ceremony chaired by Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) source said yesterday.

Trincomalee - Sampur Coal Power Project is a 50:50 joint venture between the CEB and National Thermal Private Co. Ltd, (NTPC) with each investing approximately 15% of the project capital cost while the balance required for the completion will come from lending institutions, the source said.

According to the agreement, the Government of Sri Lanka, CEB and NTPC Ltd. the provision of the infrastructure required for the project is the responsibility of Sri Lanka. One of the major items under GOSL obligation is the construction of the coal unloading jetty and the related unloading equipment on the jetty. According to the preliminary investigations, the jetty will be located adjacent to the power plant in Koddiar Bay comprising a 300m long coal unloading jetty and 700m access way.

The jetty will be designed to handle various coal ship sizes bulk carriers ranging from conventional vessels of 40,000 to 175,000 DWT. The plant has a total capacity of 500 MW with two generating units of 250 MW each. It is intended to import coal from ships to the coal unloading point and then transport to the power plant.

The coal is then fed into the boiler, where it is burnt. The energy from the burning coal in the boiler generates steam and then turns a turbine, producing electricity, the source explained. The annual coal requirement for the plant is around 1.4 million tonnes. The power plant is expected to use coal that complies with national environmental regulations and other international guidelines. The main cooling water system will be using sea water.

The transmission line will be a 220 kv double circuit line to New Habarana grid substation, he said. At present the thermal power generation share is much higher than hydro. For a foreseeable future the power generation by coal will be the most economical option. As per the Long Term Generation Expansion Plan of the CEB, it was proposed to set up a 3x300 MW coal fired power plant in Puttalam in two stages.

The first phase of the project of capacity of 300 MW was commissioned in 2011 and thereby Sri Lanka entered into a new era of coal power generation. After the completion of a 900 MW coal power plant in Puttalam, the generation expansion plan stipulates the addition at a rate of 250-300 MW of coal power plants annually up to the end of its planning horizon.

In line with the generation expansion plan of the CEB, the Government of Sri Lanka took the initiative to select suitable agencies for the development of future coal power plants in the Trincomalee District. During the state visit of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India in December 2005, NTPC Ltd proposed to the Government of Sri Lanka to set-up the project at Trincomalee in a joint venture with the CEB.

Thereafter a Memorandum of Agreement dated December 29, 2006 was entered into between the Government of Sri Lanka, CEB and NTPC Ltd. for the establishment of the project. The NTPC is an Indian government owned company. The power plant is scheduled to start construction in the latter part of 2012 and is to be commissioned in 2016. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
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  • NE Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:29 AM

    Why majority of SL people are so negative about everything? This is pathetic. They crticise everything but not able provide an alternative idea as well.

    TopHat Tuesday, 06 September 2011 01:02 AM

    Coal power plant by China + Coal power plant by India = No power in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka theory of reality.

    Dinesh Tuesday, 06 September 2011 01:07 AM

    Most of the countries now moving from coal to other souces.but we always go back......

    ampare son Tuesday, 06 September 2011 12:45 PM

    Dinesh, i agree with you. Germany and, England they focus wind power.but this time we have to start sampur power plant. no choice.

    upul Tuesday, 06 September 2011 03:12 AM

    Can we get the 1st one running before we get the 2nd??

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 06 September 2011 03:29 AM

    No Power in Sri Lanka unless conferred by China and India.

    purawasia Tuesday, 06 September 2011 03:33 AM

    what is the champika policy on power generation. He is talking about clean technology. But building coal power. what is this doble stand. Is JHU can approve this. where are your manifasto given to the public. Champika is taking by his mouth or back

    meranchiranchi Tuesday, 06 September 2011 03:34 AM

    first one not functioning properly again 2nd one what about air pollution and expenditure for power generation cheaper than diesel or what .......?

    modapakse Tuesday, 06 September 2011 02:00 PM

    Since when?

    sham Tuesday, 06 September 2011 04:07 AM

    What happen to the one which was built?

    siribiris Tuesday, 06 September 2011 05:08 AM

    More power to sri lanka and more money to coal

    TMA Tuesday, 06 September 2011 05:12 AM

    First the Chinese tricked us, now it's time for the Indians. Really, isn't there any other country 2 get help from? I I 4got. We hate them

    TopHat Tuesday, 06 September 2011 03:09 PM

    The principal of Sri Lanka Reality is my point. Not Sampur etc.

    sham Tuesday, 06 September 2011 05:24 AM

    we become Indchinese after all...........

    Wanigasekara Tuesday, 06 September 2011 03:17 PM

    This may be essential to meet the future energy requirements, but I sincerely hope that the most likely air-polution in and around Trincomalee and the acid-rain in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts during the north-east monsoon has received due consideration from the envirionmental authorities of Sri Lanka.

    nSathees Tuesday, 06 September 2011 03:15 PM

    Any of you remember the one in Chunnakam, Jaffna? Spend so much money and still not operational?

    Is that because the Tamils don't need it or the Chinese can't get it working?

    faqi Tuesday, 06 September 2011 06:09 AM

    The most advanced coal burning power plants and technology is in the USA. About 45% of the electricity is generated from coal and there are over 1400 coal fired power generating plants in the continental USA with a nominal capacity of 338.732 GW.

    Ryan Tuesday, 06 September 2011 06:27 AM

    It is running perfectly. You can visit the plant on prearrangements.

    Gayan Samarasekara Tuesday, 06 September 2011 06:44 AM

    few months ago, was jabbering about nuclear power ... What happened with that proposal?

    Shanil Samarakoon Tuesday, 06 September 2011 08:20 AM

    What an utter waste, investing in unsustainable sources of energy in this day and age. Backward....backward...backward we go.

    Ramban Tuesday, 06 September 2011 08:44 AM

    No power in TamilNaadu. World famus,aAll car production companies are moving to north india.

    Wimalasurendra Tuesday, 06 September 2011 08:44 AM

    Hydro power still plays a decisive role in Sri Lankan power supply.

    willowsw Tuesday, 06 September 2011 09:03 AM

    1st it was Chinese and failed - Norochcholai, now Indians, are they really going to give us enough power????

    wajeed Saturday, 10 September 2011 06:58 AM

    1st put the nuraicholai power plant to Power, for its on fire all the time.

    ampare son Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:16 AM

    country dosent matter. we have to start sampur power plant. otherwise power cut possible.


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