‘Cronies of govt. secure thermal power contracts’
CEB engineers predict blackouts next yearSeptember 29, 2016, 10:10 pm
Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) engineers yesterday warned that if the government did not go ahead with the Sampur coal fired power plant the country would have to face blackouts in 2017 and 2018 and incur Rs. 200 billion as additional cost of expensive thermal electricity generated by diesel power plants.
Addressing the media in Colombo, President of the CEB Engineers Union Athula Wanniarachchi said Secretary of the Power and Renewable Energy Ministry Dr. B. M. S. Batagoda had informed the Attorney General’s Department recently that they would not go ahead with the Sampur coal-fired power plant.
He said the proposed Sampur plant had been planned way back in 2006 and its implementation had been delayed due to several reasons including the security situation at that time.
Wanniarachchi said final environmental impact report on the project had been received in February this year and the CEB had already started the process of setting up required transmission towers to carry the power generated by the plant with the Rs. 40 billion assistance from the Japanese government.Read More...
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Last Updated Sep 29 2016 | 09:14 pm