Sri Lanka invites bids for coal

July 22, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has invited bids to supply 2.4 million metric tomes of coal for the country’s first coal power plant built by state-run Ceylon Electricity Board, which is scheduled to be commissioned next year. Lanka Coal Company (Private) Ltd, a specially incorporated company for coal procurement, said in a advertisement in the The Daily Mirror newspaper that bids would close on September 10, 2009.

Lanka Coal said it had been set up in January 2008, and its shares are held by Sri Lanka’s Treasury, Ceylon Electricity Board, Sri Lanka Ports Authority and Ceylon Shipping Corporation Limited.

The company said 2.4 million tonnes was the annual requirement of the 300Mega Watt plant and bids were invited on FOBT (Port of Loading) basis.

Suppliers could also quote on CIF (cost insurance and freight) to the jetty of the plant.

The CEB is building the coal plant in Sri Lanka’s western coast in Puttalam, north of the capital Colombo, with Chinese financing.

The government signed up additional financing from China in June to build the second stage of two 300MW plants.