President Maithripala Sirisena ceremoniously inaugurated Tokyo Cement’s 2nd Biomass Power Plant in Trincomalee on the 5th of May, as part of a series of events held in commemoration of late Deshamanya A.Y.S. Gnanam, Founder Chairman of the company.
The plant opening was among a series of events held in commemoration of the birth anniversary of renowned late industrialist, Deshamanya A.Y.S. Gnanam, which included the foundation laying ceremony for a housing project for 25 families displaced during the war, distribution of deeds to residents of the Tokyo Cement Tsunami Housing Scheme in Nilaveli, foundation laying for a Technical Building and the commissioning of the Biomass Power Plant inside the Tokyo Cement Factory Premises at Cod Bay, China Bay.
The Tokyo Eastern Biomass Plant commissioned by Maithirpala Sirisena, began construction in 2015 with an investment of over 2.5 billion rupees. The plant will contribute 70 Gwh per year to the national grid generated using industrial and agricultural waste sourced through community trade. In total, the plant will produce 160 Thousand MW Hours of clean renewable energy per year, which equals to the annual electricity consumption of 100,000 Sri Lankan rural households.
Being the largest manufacturer of cement and concrete in Sri Lanka, Tokyo Cement set an example for other industrial corporates as well by commissioning the first-of-its-kind agricultural waste power plant in Trincomalee in 2008. With the objective of becoming energy independent without burdening the national grid, the company established Sri Lanka’s 1st successful large scale Dendro power plant in 2014 in Mahiyangana, with a capacity of 5 MW and started basing its entire production process on Green Energy.