Norochcholai second  phase ready in 2014

* Will meet country’s power demand for 10 years

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The second stage of Norochcholai Lak Vijaya coal power plant would be commissioned by 2014 and it would solve the country’s energy related problems for another 10 years, Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday.

He said that it was on top of the target to save 20 percent of the country’s electricity use through energy conservation programmes and meeting the energy demand of 20 percent from non-conventional renewable energy sources by 2020.

The minister said that electrification of Jaffna and Vavuniya would be completed by next year. About 90 per cent of Mannar had already been provided with electricity.

"The Northern Province is a key target area for the grid expansion projects by allocating more than 18 billion rupees for various projects out of the total allocation of 42 billion rupees," the minister said.

"We are geared to provide a reliable and uninterrupted power supply to the Northern part of Sri Lanka by extending the National Electricity grid to the North from Vavuniya via Kilinochchi and connecting the isolated electrical power systems in Jaffna with the National grid after twenty two years," Ranawaka added.

The Northern Transmission line was destroyed by the LTTE in 1987.

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