The Government is considering an interconnection of the power grids of India and Sri Lanka, Power and Energy Minister W. D. J. Seneviratne said at the second meeting of SAARC Energy Ministers, which concluded in New Delhi yesterday.
Seneviratne said Sri Lanka expects the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the study.
In his presentation in India, Seneviratne said: `Sri Lanka has a mix of hydro power and thermal power generation and interconnection could facilitate a transfer of around 500 MW power between the two nations to their mutual advantage.`
The regional energy data base is considered to be of great practical importance to the region. `I am happy to note that preparation of a regional energy data base has been approved by the Board of Governors of the SAARC Energy Centre and Sri Lanka is committed to support the effort and to contribute positively.`
Seneviratne also said that Sri Lankan Government was purchasing substantial quantities of power from the private sector which is also generating power using Government owned power plants.