Sri Lanka signs US$82mn hydro power deal with China

Oct 20, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s state-run Ceylon Electricity Board has awarded a 35MegaWatt 82 million US dollar hydro power plant deal to China, power minister Champika Ranawaka said. Another smaller diversion weir 48 meters long and 19 meters high will be built across the Kehelgamu Oya and water brought through an 850 meter tunnel to the main reservoir. The main tunnel to the generators will be 3.2 kilometres long.

The Broadlands project is the last plant in the so-called Laxapana cascade power station complex on the Kelani River system which was started 50 years ago.

The CEB is separately rehabilitating plants in part of the Laxapana complex at a cost of 6.97 billion rupees which will add 14 MW of additional capacity and in another part at a cost of 4.2 billion rupees with Austrian suppliers credit, officials said.

The run-of-the-river plant known as the Broadlands project on Sri Lanka’s Kelani River will be built by China National Electric Equipment Corporation (CNEEC) and connected to the grid by 2014.

“The engineering estimate for the project was 102 million US dollar but the contractor is building it for 82 million US dollars,” minister Ranawaka told reporters