As Sri Lanka will face an acute energy crisis in 2008, the government has formulated a plan to expedite the construction of Kerawalapitiya power plant, which would generate 300 MW of electricity, Power and Energy Minister W.D.J.Seneviratne said.
The Minister told The Island Sri Lanka would have to face a challenge in 2008-2009 and a power and energy crisis would arise and in case the country failed to supply required electricity requirements. By contructing the Kerawalapitiya plant the country would be able to meet the crisis to a large extent and avoid power cuts.
He said the preliminary construction work of the Kerawalapitiya plant was started in Muthurajawela covering a 25-acre land and US $ 400 million would be expended to construct the plant. The Government had also planned to utilize the expertise of local engineers to construct the plant.
At the first stage, the Minister said the plant would be operated by furnace oil to generate 200 MW and after that steam power would be used to generate 100 MW and subsequently the plant would be converted to run by natural gas. After 20 years the Sri Lanka government would be the owner of the plant.
Minister Seneviratne noted that the Kerawalapitiya plant, Norochcholai Coal-power plant, Trincomalee plants would be a boon to the country to meet the ever increasing electricity demands and added that when Kerawalapitiya plant would be in operation, the government would be able to sell a unit of electricity at Rs.6.00 to consumers.