Sri Lanka power plant to use up to 700,000 tonnes of coal a year

Oct 17, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will use between 650,000 to 700,000 metric tonnes of coal a year for its first 300 MegaWatt coal power plant when it is in full operation, power minister Champika Ranawaka has said. The firm had supplied 362,682 tonnes in the period.

Jayasekera then said Holcim’s bid was higher as the firm was to deliver coal right up to a jetty including barge operations while the power firm had to bear the cost of the final section in according to the terms of the second bid.

Minister Ranawaka replied that Lanka Coal had already bought a barge and its operation was given to Ceylon Shipping Corporation a state-run firm, which was known.

But in subsequent tenders for coal the cost of barge operations would be included, he had told parliament.

The coal plant is designed to operate 80 percent of the timem (plant factor), generating about double or three times the energy of large hydro power plants of equal size in Sri Lanka in a year.

In 2011 Sri Lanka has imported 362,682 tonnes of coal up to October after the coal plant started operations in July minister Ranawaka had told parliament, according to a transcript of parliamentary proceedings.

He was responding to questio