Tapping wind power in Mannar: Ministry strategy still a mystery

by Ifham Nizam

Sustainable Energy Authority of Sri Lanka (SEASL) will today send a letter to Power and Energy Ministry Secretary Dr. B.M.S Batagoda, seeking a clarification on the handing over of the 100MW wind potential exploration and construction in Mannar to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) engineers.  

The CEB engineers have resolved to take over the entire project without any private sector participation.

SEASL Deputy Director General Wimal Nadeera told The Island that there was no difference between the CEB and private sector when it came to resource allocation. He stressed that it was up to the Ministry Secretary to act in this regard.  "We are in the process of handing over the letter today," he said.

Meanwhile, CEB engineers said Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka had not specified the CEB role in wind energy but hinted that private sector had done better in the past.

 When Ranawaka launched the 10-year power sector plan, he said that renewable energy would be the key with special emphasis on solar and wind energy.

Meanwhile, according to well-informed sources, 1MW permit sells at a staggering Rs. 25 million.

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