Construction of Sri Lanka’s first liquefied natural gas power plant will commence today. The project will get underway under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Kerawalapitiya, Wattala. The power plant will add 300 megawatt to the national power grid. The Ministry of Power said the most efficient F class gas turbine installed in a power plant in the country, will be installed at the Kerawalapitiya plant.
The Kerawalapitiya power plant is a dual cycle power plant and will be completed in two phases. The installation of the first phase, or gas turbine, will generate 220 megawatt, which will be completed within 21 months and added to the national power grid.
The second phase will add another 130 megawatt to the national grid via a steam turbine, expected to be completed in 12 months. Addressing a media briefing yesterday, subject Minister Dullas Alahapperuma charged that a new power plant was initiated in the country since 2013, terming it a tragedy.
Minister Alahapperuma stated that talks to commence an LNG power plant commenced 10 years ago, yet was delayed due to various reasons.