CEB urged to speed up Sampur coal power plant



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by Ifham Nizam


Power and Energy Ministry Secretary M.M.C. Ferdinando has urged the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Chairman W. B. Ganegala, General Manager Shavindranath Fernando and its Board of management not to delay the 500MW coal power plant in Sampur stressing that if the project was not completed by 2017, the country would face a power shortage.


The senior civil servant told The Island yesterday that if everything had gone well the CEB would have received the initial USD 200 million from the Indian government in 2010 to begin work on the project.  "Personally, I believe the project has been delayed unnecessarily", he said.


 The CEB is yet to submit the final proposals.


Although he had done his part now it was up to the CEB management and engineers to speed up the process, Ferdinando said.


The CEB Chairman told The Island that they had to be careful as there were some concerns, and both sides had to agree on terms and conditions. However, he said that they had also waited till the consultancy agreement was signed and now the next  stage was to discuss the initial payments.


He added that couple of days ago consultancy signing had been done and soon they would proceed to the next stage on financial matters. 


Sri Lanka’s second coal-fired thermal power plant will be implemented as a joint venture of Ceylon Electricity Board and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) of India.


The Joint Venture Company was incorporated as Trincomalee Power Company Limited on September 6, 2011.


Trincomalee Power Company Limited is responsible for implementation and operation of the 2 X 250MW coal power plants in Sampur. The total estimated cost of the project would be USD 512 Million.


It will comprise two 250 MW power generators. The power generated will be transmitted to the national grid through high voltage transmission lines from Sampur through Habarana to the Veyangoda Grid Substations.


Power Purchase Agreement, Implementation Agreement, BOI Agreement, Land Lease Agreement and Coal Supply Agreement were signed on October 7, 2013 by relevant parties including GOSL, CEB and the Joint Venture Company. Project is expected to be commissioned before end of 2017.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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