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Sri Lanka’s latest coal power plant will be set up in the Southern Province with Japanese assistance, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Chairman W.P. Ganegala said. He said the plant, expected to generate 500Mw of power, would cost US$ 500 million (Rs. 63.5 billion).
The CEB chairman said a location had not yet been selected and surveys were underway. He said work on the project was expected to begin by the end of this year and it would be completed in one and half years. Mr. Ganegala said Japan had made the offer when President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited that country in March.
This project comes as controversy rages over India’s proposed coal-power project in Sampur while the second phase of the crisis-ridden Norochcholai coal power project is due to be completed later this year.
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