Sampur coal power project delays worry Indian company, while displaced residents live in camps

By Chris Kamalendran

India has expressed concern over the delayed launched of the coal power project in Sampur, Trincomalee.

The concerns were conveyed to the Minister of Power and Energy, Champika Ranawaka, when he recently met representatives of India’s state-owned Natural Thermal Power Company in Colombo.

Minister Ranawaka told the Sunday Times that the Indian delegation was concerned about unresolved legal and technical issues that have stymied the project for the past four years. Outstanding issues were the pricing of power purchases and implementation delays.

“The Attorney-General has advised the Ministry that we should be careful about the pricing issue, in the light of the oil hedging deal that caused the government great losses,” the Minister said. Minister Ranawaka said the visiting Indian delegation was assured that pending issues would be resolved as early as possible.

An Indian High Commission official in Colombo confirmed to the Sunday Times that the Indian company had expressed concerns about the delays.

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