Mar 23, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Power Ministry has decided to buy three private power stations as an additional measure to avoid future power cuts.
Accordingly, ACE power generation Matara (25 MW), ACE power generation Embilipitiya (100 MW) and Heladhanavi Power Station Puttalam (100 MW) will be acquired by the government.
The power purchase agreements of these three power stations have expired.
Power Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya addressing Parliament on Wednesday said they are planning to start three gas turbine power stations with each generating 35MW within the next 12 months.
The ministry has also proposed to establish 12 wind and solar power parks in the island.
The Power Ministry has also prepared a plan to use generators at factories and business premises if a power shortage occurred in the future.
The ministry estimates around 65 – 70 MW power to be drawn from these generators by giving them incentives.
The country’s demand for electricity increased rapidly with the highest demand recorded last week (42 GW hours) because of the prevailing weather conditions.