Uproar over wind power scheme

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Engineers Union has accused the Sustainable Energy Authority of involving technically unqualified companies in an ambitious project to produce wind power.

Engineers told The Island that the CEB had come under heavy pressure to finalise agreements with those companies and carry out necessary changes to ‘take in’ wind power.

They said that their representatives had raised that issue with Power and Energy Minister W D J Seneviratne.

Sources said the minister had been asked to look into the proposal and take immediate steps to prevent interested parties from cashing in on the project.

Sources said the government should allow the CEB to launch a long-term multifaceted project to produce wind power depending on its financial position.

Sources said that the launch of new projects shouldn’t be at the expense of the existing system.

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