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The Government is planning to stop the usage of diesel for power generation completely by the year 2030, Power Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said.

He made this comment while participating at an official discussion with the Turkish Ambassador at the Ministry recently.

"The contribution of green and renewable energy to the national power generation will be increased to 70%, the share of diesel to generate power will be reduced to 5% by the year 2025," the Minister said.

While developing the existing renewable sources, the Ministry is planning to explore new sources to end using diesel to generate power, he said.

During the discussion, the Turkish Ambassador agreed to provide technical assistance required for the development of renewable energy to enhance the power sector in the country. 

He also said that he intends to attract the attention of both public and private sector investors to establish new renewable energy projects in the country.

He said that the Turkish Ambassador intends to involve private investors also in the future to discuss matters in this regard. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 5

  • RoaringCreek Thursday, 11 March 2021 01:48 PM

    Surprised to hear we still use diesel for commercial power generation. It is so expensive and causes a lot of pollution.

    German Thursday, 11 March 2021 05:58 PM

    But I am not surprised Turkish assistance is involved. Turkey is a dictatorship bandit country as well

    Samson Thursday, 11 March 2021 04:34 PM

    They must be joking without developing renewal energy, simplest is free solar.

    martin Milton Thursday, 11 March 2021 06:05 PM

    Not only that but the Govt musyt very seriously consider increasing the use of Hybrid and Electric vehicles if they really wish to reduce pollution. Diesels pollute the maximum and diesel trucks plying around tea estates are the cause of very poor quality Teas lately. This needs to be stopped if quality Teas are to be produced. Relevant Minister please take note. MM

    Chux Thursday, 11 March 2021 06:41 PM

    Who will trust this government

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