Sri Lanka to stop Sampur coal power plant, SC informed

Sep 14, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court (SC) was informed that the proposed 500 megawatt Sampur coal power plant will not be constructed following a Fundamental Rights application filed by Environmental Foundation (Guarantee) Limited.

The Attorney General informed court that the Ministry of Power and Energy had already taken this decision.

The Sampur plant was proposed as a joint venture between the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and National thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) of India.

The island’s new government elected in 2015 is keen to include liquefied natural gas plants in its future generation plan as a cleaner option.

Sri Lanka’s power regulator Public Utilities Commission has warned that immediate action is necessary and that discussions are ongoing to come up with a new generation plan soon.

As per CEB forecasts, Sri Lanka’s generation demand is expected to grow 5.5 percent per annum during 2015 – 2022 while in addition the peak demand is expected to grow at 4.4 percent per annum.