Sri Lanka successfully test fires a furnace of a 300 Mega Watt Chinese-built coal plant using liquid fuel. It thus heralded the coal power era in the island.
The event took place in the Western coastal area of Norochcholai. A furnace of a 300 Mega Watt plant using liquid fuel was fired. It was held under the auspices of many Parliamentarians, including Ministers Patali Champika Ranawaka, W.D.J. Seneviratne, Susil Premajayantha and Bandula Gunawardena.
Though the operations today were powered by diesel, a ship carrying over 65 thousand tons of coal from Indonesia began discharging its cargo using barges.
At full capacity the plant will burn 114 tons of coal an hour generating 300 megawatts of power. Coal firing of the furnace is expected to begin next month. The power will be carried from Norochcholai along a 114 kilometer high tension transmission line to be connected to the national grid at Veyangoda when the plant is formally commissioned in January.
The Project was launched under the leadership of the President in 2006 with the aim of realizing the goal of providing electricity to every household. The Project is being launched in two stages. Its cost runs into millions of rupees.