The second phase of the Upper Kotmale Hydropower project commenced operations on 30 June adding 75 MW power to the national grid.
The Ceylon Electricity Board stated that With the addition of the second 75 megawatts of power to the national grid, the Kotmale project now contributes a total of 150 megawatts of power to the National grid. The Upper Kothmale Hydro Power Project is a run of river hydropower project with an installed capacity of 150MW consisting of two 75MW units.
In the First phase 75 megawatts of power was added to the National grid on 28 March, while the second stage 75 MW was added at the auspicious time of 9.00 am last Saturday .
Director of the project Shavindranath Fernando said the inspection of the underground plants and the main control panel and commissioning of the plant took place on Saturday.
Under the Japanese Government’s foreign development aid program the Japan cooperative bank provided a sum of 37.817 billion yen as a concessionary loan, while the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has spent Rs. 8548 million for this project.
The inspection of the underground network and the main control network and the complete functioning of the Upper Kothmale power station was carried out on the same day, by the Additional General Manager (CEB) and Project Director Shavindranath Fernando.
The complete handing over of the Upper Kothmale project to the nation subsequent to total completion, will take place in the second week of July under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The project is implemented by the Ceylon Electricity Board under the supervision of the Ministry of Power and Energy.