Wednesday, February 21, 2018 06:15:45 PM

Sampur: An Energy Necessity Vs Environmental Death Knell

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by Ifham Nizam

Norocholai Coal Power Plant

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB)’s proposed long-term plan clearly spells out that the much hyped Indian Government partnered coal power station in Sampur, Trincomalee will not be available untill 2020; in other words, the Board will have to look into other means to cover the short-fall.

While most of the engineers strongly believe that the 500MW plant is a must, especially after 2018, to meet the country’s growing electricity demand, others believe that steps should be taken to settle the environment related issues and other matters relating to civilians before the commencement of the plant.

CEB Chief Anura Wijayapala told The Sunday Leader that questions remain over the Sampur plant and that they are doing their utmost in looking at other options.

In September 2015, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assured his Indian counterpart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that Sri Lanka would go ahead with the Indian-partnered, second coal powered plant.

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