“The paramount strength of the country is the President who is leading the present revolution of power and the Prime Minister who supplied maximum capacity of power to the country….”
Minister Dullas emphasizes commencing the constructions of the first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant.
We have stepped into an era which has marked a turning point in the modern revolution of power. Today, around 22 million of our public has been directed to a special land mark of the revolution of power in Sri Lanka which was started in 1950. The initiative of LNG was taken into discussion around a decade ago. Despite HE the President’s vision “Splendor of Prosperity” was not implemented, this would be just a dream of our history. Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Power emphasized that gratitude should be paid to HE the President for making the dream of natural gas power plants a reality.
The Minister expressed these ideas at the event of commencing the constructions of the first LNG power plant in Sri Lanka which will contribute the national grid of Sri Lanka by 350 MW.
Hon. Minister Dullas Alahapperuma further expressed that “ Hon. Prime Minister you are the person who is brimming over with happiness. Hon. Prime Minister, you are instrumental in bringing about 1/3 of the works in power sector into operation. You are the founder of Norochcholai, Ihala Kotmale and Lakdanavi power plants, the first wind power park, waste to energy project, natural gas power plant, proposed Siyambalanduwa solar power park, Umaoya, Deduruoya, Rambaken oya and Moragahakanda power projects. Hence, no other leader cannot be happy about the power sector of Sri Lanka than you. In terms of contribution made by a political leader to the country’s power sector Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa is second to none . Only the late President HE J.R. Jayawardhena could be ranked behind him. Whatever political controversies we had, we should pay our gratitude to Mr. J.R.Jayewardene for the development during his period.
The LNG power plant which is opened today will be second only to the Norochcholai power plant. This project is a turning point of the power sector in Sri Lanka. This power plant will be a relief for the economy of our country which depends on fossil fuel. Rs. 30.00 is spent per unit on generating power out of diesel. However, cost per unit is Rs. 15.00 for LNG and it saves RS.15.00 per each unit. It has been planned to generate 2 billion units of power from this plant. As a result, an amount of Rs. 12 billion will be saved for country every year. This will definitely boost our economy. Renewable energy will dominate the future of this country and it has been written in the splendour of prosperity and Mahinda Chinthanaya as well. This is the transitional point of the country’s journey towards renewable energy. Our aim is to make a country fully equipped with renewable energy. The Minister expressed his greetings for the population of 22 million who are looking forward to live in an eco friendly peaceful country. Expressing views at this event, Hon. Prime Minister said that at a time which electricity has become one of the four major needs of the man, the expeditious measures of the Hon. Minister Dullas Alahapperuma is a giant strength for the entire country.
The State Ministers Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Hon. Susil Premjayantha, Hon. Nimal Lansa, MrS. Wasantha Perera- Secretary to the Ministry of Power, Mr. U.D. Jayawardhana – CEO, Affiliated Companies of L.T.L and Lakdanavi, Mr. Vijitha Herath – Chairman of CEB , people’s representatives of the area and public officers took part at this event.