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December 2, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka plans to build a 300 megawatte liquefied natural gas plant with Iranian assistance, the government said Saturday. “Iran is highly developed in power plant manufacturing industry and is able to meet the domestic requirement of power plant construction. Sri Lanka power industry can benefit through mutual cooperation between the two countries,” the statement said. Cabinet has given the greenlight to carry out a feasibility study to build the plant in Mirissa.

Iran’s Energy Ministry is to assist in this project, following a memorandum of understanding signed between Colombo and Teheran earlier this year.