Feb 19, 2016 (LBO) – The construction work of the Sampur coal power plant will start soon as the project received the environment approval early this month, Power and Renewable Energy Minister said.
Accordingly the first and second phase of this project is to be commenced within the next few months, Power Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said.
Minister made an inspection tour yesterday at the proposed construction site and reviewed the current progress of the project.
The proposed coal power project will be built in a 500 acres land in Sampur area with an estimated cost of 600 million US dollars.
Minister Siyambalapitiya further stated that necessary regulatory and legal approvals have already been obtained for the construction of the power plant.
“We obtained the consent from the environmental organizations and even from villagers.”
The MoU for the first 500 MW phase was signed on 29 December 2006, between Sri Lanka, Ceylon Electricity Board and the National Thermal Power Corporation in India.
The Power Purchase Agreement, Implementation Agreement, BOI Agreement, Land Lease Agreement and Coal Supply Agreement were signed on 7 October 2013 by relevant parties.
The power station is expected to come online in late 2017 and there were also reports of India exerting pressure on Sri Lanka to expedite its work despite initial opposition from Sampur villagers.
They should build a solar plant instead of a coal plant.
I hope that all the property owners whose lands and buildings have been requisitioned for this project have been properly compensated for the cost of lost opportunities and social capital as well as the costs of identifying alternate properties, transacting their purchase and relocating. Governments that are insensitive to these costs will cause the deterioration of national wealth and will soon lose the confidence of the people.
What about the environmental damage caused by coal power plants? For example, look at the improvement in China’s air quality when imposing restrictions on emissions (inter alia) on coal plants, and the decrease in India’s air quality in the corresponding period: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/02/22/which-county-has-worse-air-china-or-india/?tid=sm_fb
Thank you for bringing in the anthropocentric environmental impact of the long term dynamics of the project which I have noticed even our Central Environmental Authority ignores when granting licenses for developmental projects.
A thorough quantitative AND qualitative assessment of the impact of projected emissions from the plant in the light of prevailing atmospheric and hydrodynamics must be done and mitigation measures included in the project plans.
The whole project can be plugged into the deep de-carbonization processes being designed under the conceptual frameworks for climate change responses being worked out by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN) and in particular its Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. This conceptual framework is based on the “Growth Model of Development” which I personally find incredible. However it carries the support of the major part of the species Homo sapiens at the moment and hence has to be utilized to the extent possible while generating and advocating and wherever possible implementing more credible alternatives.
SAY NO TO SAMPUR COAL POWER PLANT