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.
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It leads to delays in electricity generation,” Siyambalapitiya said. He made this comment while speaking at the Kandy coordinating committee meeting yesterday.
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“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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