Japanese coal-fired power plant to be built in Sampur

By Ifham Nizam

Public hearing on the second coal fired power plant in Sampur, Trincomalee is coming to an end shortly and plans are underway to call tenders in May.

Central Environment Authority (CEA) Chairman Prof. Lal Mervin Dharmasiri confirmed that the public hearing on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was under way. 

A senior CEB engineer said: "Though it is a joint venture, everything was done according to the whims and fancies of the Indian company. We have decided to go for another 500MW Japanese funded plant close to it."

The joint venture partner the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) of India has, after a delay of six months, submitted its proposals for an EIA to the CEA for the setting up of Sri Lanka’s second coal-powered power plant earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the CEB officials said that everything possible would be done to expedite the project and the Board was in touch with the Indians.

 The CEB would go ahead with the plant in keeping with the proposals of both parties.

 The second coal-fired plant is expected to ensure that there will be no power shortage after 2017.

 Trincomalee Power Company Limited is responsible for the implementation and operation of the proposed 250MWx2 coal power plant complex. The total estimated cost of the project is USD 512 million.

 It will comprise two 250MW generators whose power will be transmitted to the national grid via high voltage transmission lines from Sampur via Habarana to the Veyangoda Grid Substations.

Power Purchase Agreement, Implementation Agreement, BOI Agreement, Land Lease Agreement and Coal Supply Agreement were signed on Oct. 7, 2013 by relevant parties including the government of Sri Lanka, the CEB and the Joint Venture Company.

 The project is expected to be commissioned before the end of 2017.

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