Plans to set up a 105 MW thermal power plant at Kelanithissa

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Power Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that steps will be taken to construct another 105 MW thermal power plant at the Kelanithissa power plant premises.

Minister of Power Pavithra Wanniarachchi revealed the plan during a special inspection tour yesterday (14) to the power plants set up around Colombo to observe their current condition in order to alleviate the challenging situation faced by the country in the face of daily electricity demand.

During the visit, the Minister inspected the current condition of Kelanithissa power plant, Sojitz, Asia Power, Sapugaskanda, and the barge power plant established at the Colombo Port and the Systems Control Unit at Battaramulla.

The Minister paid special attention to the issues affecting the operation of these power plants as well as the problems faced by the staff.

“We intend to set up a Presidential Task Force to regulate solar power generation using home roofs and will take immediate steps to alleviate the power crisis caused by the failure to install any power plants in the recent past that could contribute to the national grid,” Minister Wanniarachchi said.

“Under the program, steps will be taken soon to build a 105 MW thermal power plant at Kelanithissa premises,” she added.

General Manager of the Ceylon Electricity Board Rohantha Abeysekera, Chairman of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council Kanchana Jayaratne and a number of senior officials of the Ceylon Electricity Board participated in the visit.

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