Sri Lanka’s Norochcholai to add 900MW to national grid

Jan 25, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Minister of Power said the Norochcholai coal power plant will add 900 megawatts of electricity to the national grid this week.

“The aim of the plant is to produce 5,300 million watts in 2016,” Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy said.

The total contribution to the national grid given by the plant in 2015 was 33 percent.

He made these comments while on an inspection tour of the coal power plant recently.

The first stage of the power plant was launched in 2011, the second in May 2014 and the third in October 2014.

Meanwhile he also said that wind power contribution to the grid would also be boosted as the island heads towards a target of 20 percent non-conventional renewable energy by 2020.

“We are now ready to produce 475 megawatts of electricity with wind power at the Mannar wind power plant and initially as the first phase we hope to add 100 megawatts to the national grid through a project of the Ceylon Electricity Board by 2018,” the minister said.

“Funding for this will come from the local banking system and discussions are under way with the Samurdhi Authority to partly fund the 25 billion rupee project,”

“The CEB will bridge the gap in the funds,” he added.