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- · The Kilinochchi grid substation to be energised on the same day
- · For the first time since 1987 the north and South to be connected
- · A new power station for the North within 05 months
Subsequent to the signing of the 06 October 1987 Indo Sri Lanka accord and three days after the commencement of “Pawan” offensive the tigers completely destroyed the Northern peninsula power network. Since then the Northern peninsula has not been connected to the national grid.
Addressing a press briefing at the ministry auditorium today (21) minister Patali Champika stated that with the completion of the Vavuniya Kilinochchi high tension power line network within a span of two years and the energizing of the Kilinochchi grid substation the task of connecting the Northern peninsula with the national grid was made possible. In order to facilitate electricity supply to the North 238 power transmission towers
had to be constructed through the most rugged terrain, at a cost of Rs. 3200 million. The funding for this project was granted at concessionary interest rates by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Concurrent to the connecting of the Northern peninsula to the national grid President Rajapaksa will also declare open the Kilinochchi grid substation.
The second stage of the project is the establishment of the 132 KW high tension transmission line from Kilinochchi to Chunnakkam, which is expected to be completed by mid 2013 and energized. Another grid substation will also be built in Chunnakkam. The minister pointed out that the level of electrification which was at 40% in the Jaffna peninsula at the time has reached 95% currently.
With the aim of providing electricity to the rest of the people in the region a thermal power plant totally owned by the CEB is to be built in Jaffna. The minister pointed out that construction work on this 24 MW heavy fuel thermal power plant will commence in five months.
Once this thermal power plant is commissioned the two private power plants Agrico and Northern power will be removed from the national grid. By this the current losses of Rs. 2800 million per year could be reduced by around Rs. 1500 million. The minister further pointed out that in future power stations will be built with a capacity of around 400 KW.