The first phase of Sri Lanka’s first coal power plant, Lakvijaya will be declared opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa tomorrow (22).
The Lakvijaya coal power plant located in Norochcholai in the Puttalam District will add 300MW of power to the national grid.
Construction work on the second phase of the plant is already in progress and once completed, the Lakvijaya plant will add 900MW to the national grid.
The Chinese government has provided US$ 455 million for the Lakvijaya plant.
Meanwhile, the government is also hopeful of commencing work on the Sampur coal power plant, which is a joint venture between the governments of Sri Lanka and India.
Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka told The Sunday Leader that work on the Sampur plant would commence after clearing some legal issues that have been raised by the Attorney General.
The addition of coal power plants into the country’s energy cycle, according to Ranawaka would help create a long term diversification in the country’s energy sources.
He said that the country was looking at a mix of energy sources that include hydro power, oil, coal and LNG.
Ranawaka said that LNG would be introduced to the country in 2014.