Galle gets 100MW ship mounted power plant


by Maheesha Mudugamuwa 

A new  furnace oil powered 100MW power plant mounted on a ship would be established in Galle Port, Power and Renewable Energy Deputy Minister Ajith Perera said yesterday.

The minister told the media during an inspection tour of the Colombo Port Power Station yesterday to study it and to get an idea of the upcoming power station scheduled to be docked at Galle Port. 

Deputy Minister Perera said tenders would be called for the power station in Galle Port in August and the construction would be expected to be completed by 2019. 

The Colombo Port Power Station (also sometimes referred to as the Colombo Port Power Barge) is a 60-megawatt power-ship, permanently moored at the Colombo Harbour, in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. 

The power-ship consists of four 15 MW units and the plant capacity is 60 MW. Although the plant is estimated to generate 420 GWh per annum, the actual average generation is 494 GWh, 74 GWh above initial estimates. The barge was built by Sasebo Heavy Industries, with funding from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

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