Sri Lanka to withdraw licenses of defunct mini hydro power plants


Mar 04, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Power Ministry is to withdraw licenses of mini hydro power plants that have been non-operational for more than 2 years.

Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said a circular in this regard will be issued soon.

“There is an issue with mini hydro power plant licensing. Some license holders are selling their licenses underhand. It leads to delays in electricity generation,” Siyambalapitiya said.

He made this comment while speaking at the Kandy coordinating committee meeting yesterday.

“We’ll issue a circular today. It will cancel licenses issued to small hydro power projects that have not started operations for more than 2 years,” he said.

However, the license holders will entertain a time period to appeal against the cancellation of licenses if they have a valid reason.
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“Otherwise we have to issue those licenses to new people after inviting open bids.”

Small hydro power plants currently supplies around 300 MW to the national grid.

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