Construction work of Sri Lanka’s first LNG power plant to kick-off this month

Nov 05, 2020 (LBO) – Construction work on the Lakdanavi Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant is expected to begin in late November, making clean energy generation of Sri Lanka a reality, which has been discussed since 2005.

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the proposal made by Power and Energy Minister Dullas Alahapperuma to construct the first LNG power plant in Sri Lanka.

Lanka Transformers Limited (LTL), which owns a majority stake in the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), has received the Cabinet approval for the construction and the power plant with a capacity of 300 megawatts will be commenced at the Lakdanavi Power Plant premises in Kerawalapitiya.

At present, about 35 percent of Sri Lanka’s national power generation comes from diesel power plants, the cost of production per unit of which is as high as 30 rupees. It is said that LNG power plants can reduce it up to 15 rupees per unit.

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