Sri Lanka Hemas buys small hydro power plant

Jan 04, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Hemas Power said it has bought a 2.6 megawatt (MW) hydro-power plant in the Nuwara Eliya district in the central hills from Senok Mark Hydro for 198.5 million rupees. In September 2009, Hemas Holdings floated its power generation business
to build a 2.4 MW mini hydro plant in Deraniyagala to move away fom fossil-fuel thermal power.

Corrected Under the deal, Hemas Power has bought 9.92 million shares, Senok Mark Hydro’s total issued share capital, at 20.00 rupees a share, Hemas said in a stock exchange filing.

Hemas Power is a unit of Hemas Holdings which has business interest in healthcare, consumer goods, shipping and power.

Its generation unit consists of Heladhanavi, a 100 mega watt thermal power plant, and a two-mega watt mini-hydro power plant in Kandy, also in the central hills.

Sri Lanka is heavily dependent on fossil-fuels for its power needs and
is trying to increase renewable energy sources like hydro-power.