Government takes steps to develop gas resources in the Mannar basin
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Plans are underway to build a wind power system of 375 MW

The minister of power and energy Mr. Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the cabinet had decided to invite international tenders to develop the gas resources in the Mannar Basin and it is a mega scale development process which is larger than programs such as Mahaweli. He disclosed the information at an occasion that was given permission to start 60 renewable energy projects that supply 100MW to the national grid. This occasion to promote renewable energy was held at the Bandaranayaka Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). The relevant parties were given the necessary authoritative documents to generate renewable energy from the minister of power and energy Mr. Patali Champika Ranawaka and the state minister of Power and Energy Mr. Palitha Range Bandara.

The minister further said, “This is a process that changes the history of Sri Lanka. Therefore, the people have to decide whether they will allow Sri Lanka to be a super power and a wealthy nation or a country further burdened with debt and a nation that is socially degraded. Additionally, in this year it is expected to build the power transmission system as well as a wind power system which initially generate 100MW and it is expected to extend up to 375MW in the future” the minister emphasized.

Totally 60 renewable energy projects were given permission including 52 mini hydro power stations, 5 firewood power stations one solar thermal energy, one solar power station and one bio gas power station. With the completion of these 60 projects it will be added further 100MW to the national electricity grid. With this addition the renewable energy supply to the national grid will increase from 450.5MW to 550.5MW