Lak Vijaya, the first phase of the first Coal Power Plant becomes a reality. The President declared open the power plant located at Norochcholai in the Puttalam District this evening.
Addressing the gathering, the President said that the era of villages demanding power has ended. It will not become a topic for polls in future. The President said there are obstacles for development from some elements. Those who went against the liberation of the country are now against the development of the country. They called for the withdrawal of the GSP facilities and also said development aid should not be provided to the country. Disturbances were created and protests staged to prevent investors coming to Sri Lanka. The President pointed out that the life span of democracy was enhanced by the conduct of polls. Every election was conducted at the appropriate time. Now all elections are over and it is time for the entire nation to unite in developing the country. The President said the people had totally rejected the traitors of the country and they were not elected to power. He said due to the dedication of all sectors the coal power plant become a reality. Attention was now drawn to other alternative sources of energy. He referred to the many power plants that are coming up in the country. The Upper Kotmale Plant which was neglected is also in place. He was confident that it would be ready by the end of this year. The President said the Lakvijaya project is another victory achieved by the motherland. It is a major strength for the country.
The first phase of Sri Lanka’s first coal power plant will add 300 MW to the national grid out of the total 900 MW.
The plant was built utilizing a 450 Million US Dollar loan from China’s EXIM Bank. Most of the construction was carried out by China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation. The second phase is scheduled to be completed by 2014 at a cost of 891 Million US Dollars and is expected to add 600 MW to the national grid. President Rajapaksa launched the work on the Norochcholai coal power plant in May 2006. At the launching, the President emphasized said it was their duty and responsibility to meet the genuine needs of the people and it was in this respect that they decided to expedite the work on this coal powered power plant at Norochcholai.
The Norochcholai project is expected to make a significant contribution towards meeting the country’s electricity needs by 2015. Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka also addressed the ceremony. Among the many Parliamentarians present was Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne.