The Cabinet is reported to have decided yesterday to appoint a committee comprising ministers and officials to look into allegations about irregularities in the award of the contract to a Chinese consortium to execute the LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) power project.
Cabinet approval had been previously obtained to award the contract to Golden Concord Holdings (GCL), which is an international energy conglomerate, to carry out the power project. It is one of the key power producing companies in China.
However, the transaction was mired in controversy in the wake of Sri Lanka's Lakdhanavi which made a lower bid for the project, being denied the tender.
Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka made his observations on this project at the cabinet meeting yesterday while Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama had also expressed his views.
The committee comprises Ministers Harsha de Silva, Eran Wickramaratne, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Malik Samarawickrama and the relevant ministry secretaries. The power plant is expected to generate 300 megawatts of electricity. (Kelum Bandara)