According to the Mahinda Chinthana vision fulfilling the aspirations of the Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka of Providing energy to all by 2012, The grand ceremony of adding 300 MW coal power to the National grid will take place tomorrow (2011.03.22) at 05.30 Pm.
The first stage of this Coal Power station inaugurated by the President cost $ 455 Million. The Ministry of Power and energy stated that the funding for this project was provided by the Chinese Government on a long term low interest rate to the Sri Lankan Government. The Construction work is carried out by CMEC China
National Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation. As local investment the Sri Lankan Government has invested Rs. 5300 Million for the first stage.
Under the first stage of the project burning of fuel was carried out at the site on the 2010.11.17. For 80 families that lost their property during the 1st stage of construction, houses have been constructed and presented on 20 perches complete with drinking water electricity and all basic facilities, and also roads and pre schools were constructed while the Puttlam Kalpitiya main road was widened to 40 feet. Furthermore 200 acres were provided to these families for cultivation. This Coal Power plant will no doubt be an ideal solution to the country’s power issues.
The Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka together with Deputy Minister Premalal Jayasekera Secretary M.M.C Fernando, The Chinese Ambassador together with several other ministers and officials of the Ministry of Power and Energy and CEB will grace this occasion.
“The Whole Country is Bright”