The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is likely to develop the 40 MW Broadlands hydro power plant instead of allowing a private company to do it as planned earlier, a CEB official said.
Broadlands is one of the last Laxapana cascades and is significant in terms of power generation, water management and irrigation, according Ranjith Fonseka, AGM Transmission, CEB.rn
rnThe Japanese government, through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has undertaken a study on developing a power station there and could even fund the project with a government-to-government loan.rn
rnThe CEB has identified four hydro projects capable of collectively generating over 260 MW of power.rn
rnBroadlands is one of the cheapest non-exploited hydro options, according to the CEB.rn
rnLong term power planers are still optimistic that a key coal fired power plant will come on line in five years to help diversifying the power options and bring down electricity prices. rn