PM unaware of engineers’ objection to LNG power plants

By Saman Indrajith

No public officer could object to the government’s move to solve the power crisis by setting up Liquefied Neutral Gas (LNG) power plants said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament yesterday.

He said that he was not aware that the Engineers’ trade unions in the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) had opposed LNG plants in Sri Lanka. He added that even the Power and Renewable Energy Minister had informed him of such a situation in the CEB.

The Premier made these observations yesterday in response to a question raised by UNP Parliamentarian Mujubar Rahuman during the round of questions from the Prime Minister. Asking what the government’s plans were to address the power crisis to be faced in the future he said the Engineers’ trade unions in the CEB were reluctant to set up of the LNG plants. He said they preferred coal to LNG.

Premier Wickremesinghe said that so far he had not been informed of such a situation. "If there is such a situation we have to reveal it to Parliament," he said. "Nobody can object to the government’s moves to solve the power crisis in the country."

He said that when the Paris agreement was implemented the country would not be able to set up the coal power plants since the environmental pollution had to be minimized in keeping with the country’s international obligations.

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