Coal power plant in the East
Power and Energy Ministry revealed today that a Sri Lankan Indian joint venture worth USD 500 million to construct a coal power plant will start in Sampur, Trincomalee beginning of November.

Joint venture agreement in regard to power purchasing will be signed in Colombo at the end of this month.
E.A.S.K. Edirisinghe Chairman, Ceylon Electricity Board will sign the agreement on behalf of Sri Lankan Government, while a senior official, attached to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) of India will sign the agreement on behalf of NTPC.

The power plant is expected to generate total of 1000 Mega Watts to the national grid in two phases once completed. Senior official Harsha Abeyakoon said “in the first phase of the project 500 MWs will be added while another 500 MWs will be added from the second phase”. He said further that the Cabinet approved the construction work of this coal power project two years ago, but delayed due to various reasons.