Former CEB Vice Chairman warns against repeating past wrongs

By Ifham Nizam

If the forthcoming Sampur power plant was not properly handled it would be another debacle in the history of setting up power plants here, former Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Vice Chairman Anura Wijayapala said yesterday.

"This will deprive Sri Lankan citizens as well as the industries their last chance of having cheap electricity even in the distant future," he said.

Wijayapala, who is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Moratuwa University, said, as a person associated with the electricity industry in the country for the last 20 years, he would like to stress that due a host of unfavourable Power Purchasing Agreements (PPAs) signed in the late 1990s, the CEB had gone bankrupt.

"Due to the wrong terms and conditions in the contract signed with the Chinese contractor, CEB was paying a heavy price for the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant," he added.

Last week, the Attorney General’s Department gave legal clearance to the Board to proceed with the 500MW power plant in Trincomalee.

The Island learns that senior engineers and the Board of Management are studying the clauses included by the AG and would soon spell out their own recommendations.

Power and Energy Minister Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi had recommended that the plant should commence as early as possible to meet future electricity demands.

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