A discussion was held yesterday at the Ministry of Power and Energy between Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and the Czechoslovakian foreign affairs deputy minister Thomas Dub. The discussions were focused on the importance of renewable energy sources.
The Czechoslovakian foreign affairs deputy minister pledged a loan of 30 million euros for the development of the north eastern transmission network. This area is to be developed with the setting up of new grid sub stations in Monaragala, Polonnaruwa and Paththirippuwa.
In keeping with the aim of providing electricity to all by the year 2012, through focusing on various renewable energy sources, 30 young engineers have been chosen to receive training on nuclear energy. It was further discussed at this meeting to do away with expensive energy sources and focus on low cost renewable energy sources bio fuel and natural gas.
The Czechoslovakian Federation Ambassador Miloslav Stasek, Deputy of operations on Sri Lanka Andrea Kucerova, Additional Secretary of the Ministry T.M. Herath, Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority Dr. Kithsiri Dissanayake, the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Authority Prof. Wimaladharma Abeywickrema and the Ministry Director (technical) M.G. Gunatillake participated at this discussion.