Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi on inspection tour of Norochcholai
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Minister of power and energy Attorney Pavithra Wanniarachchi has issues instruction yesterday (28) to the officials to take all possible measures to expedite
the second stage of the Norochcholai Lakwijaya Coal Power station.

The minister issues these instructions subsequent to paying a visit to the power station in Puttlam yesterday (28). It was observed however that almost all
necessary measures had been completed for the commencement of the second stage of the power station.

Currently the Norochcholai coal power station contributes 300 MW of power to the national grid, while once the second stage is connected to the national grid
it would add another 300 MW of power.

The third stage of the coal power station is also expected to be completed by next year and once the three stages are completed and a total of 900 MW
connected to the national grid, the country’s power requirement would be almost completely resolved.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s intention is to establish low cost power generation facilities in the country, which will facilitate his goal of providing
electricity to the entire country by 2014. Hence expediting the progress of the proposed power generation facilities is being carried out under the purview of
the ministry of power and energy.

Several ministry officials accompanied the minister on her inspection tour of the Norochcholai Lakwijaya coal power plant in Puttlam