Sri Lanka gets Japan funds for power in war-torn north

May 13, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will re-build a 1.2 MegaWatt power station in the former separatist stronghold of Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka with loan of 3.0 billion rupees from Japan, a government minister said. Sri Lanka’s state-run national grid operator, Ceylon Electricity Board, supplies power to the Jaffna peninsular, north of Kilinochchi, through an isolated grid, buying power from a private producer. The power station to be completed in two stages with concessionary loans from the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) would generate 1.23 MegaWatts.

“The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) destroyed it and the whole of the north was in the dark,” information minister Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters.

“For this JICA assistance has been sought.”

The plant will be operational by 2011, he said. A 30-year separatist war by the LTTE ended in May 2009.

The first stage of the power plant will cost 1.17 billion rupees and the second stage 1.79 billion rupees, Rambukwella said.