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The first power plant of generating electricity through waste will be vested with the public on 17th February….”
10 MW of electricity from 700 tonnes of waste
“The issue of waste will be solved by establishing a main power plant in every district…..”
Ministry of Power
Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Power emphasized that “Waste has become a serious issue for the entire country at present. Now we are ready to give a firm solution to the problem of waste and to add it an economic value. The first power plant using garbage which is located in Kerawalapitiya, Hendala will be included to the national grid on 17th this month by the Hon. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa”.
It has been planned to generate 10 MW of power daily using 700 tonnes of waste and this power plant will be implemented having collected waste disposed in the area. The Minister stressed that using of waste generated within the district for power generation is environmentally viable.
In addition, Ministry of Power has made arrangements to start the pilot project on generating power through bio-gas using degradable waste in Matara District. This project will be implemented in Kotawila, Matara and it will cater 400KW electricity to the national grid using 40 tonnes of waste daily. It is expected to bring this project to the implementing stage by October this year.
The Minister stated that the bench marks of a power generation process with new strategies beyond the traditional method of power generation has been specified in the vistas of splendor national policy framework of HE the President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and as the Minister in charge of the Subject of power he has been assigned with the challenge of upgrading the contribution of renewable energy to the national grid up to 70% by 2023. The Minister further stated that his duty is to maintain an uninterrupted, quality, reliable and cost-effective power supply. Hon. Minister Dullas Alahapperuma expressed that measures will be taken to implement the process of power generation out of bio-gas at district level covering the entire island.