PM Gets Tough With CEB Officials
by Ifham Nizam
The Premier said that renewable and non conventional energy sources are the way forward for the betterment of the energy sector and the country and not more coal power plants.
Speaking at a Cabinet Sub Committee (Economic) in Parliament, after analyzing the Power and Renewable Energy Ministry and CEB proposals, where nine coal powered plants were recommended for the country, the Premier stressed that there will be only two more coal powered plants, sources said.
He said there will not be any coal power plants in the country after the proposed Indian backed Sampur power plant in Trincomalee and a Japanese funded coal power plant.
The Prime Minister had told the Ministry and CEB officials that if they can’t stick with his plans he would appoint a Technical Committee to do the needful.
The proposal for nine coal power plants was read by Power and Renewable Energy Ministry Secretary, Dr. Suren Batagoda.
At the Cabinet Sub Committee it was noted that the total estimated cost to implement the expansion plan of the CEB is running into USD 6.6 billion including the cost of development of Non-Conventional Renewable Energy.
The plan gives a comprehensive view of the existing generating system, future electricity demand and future power generation options in the country. It also provides detailed information on generation planning methodology, system demand forecast and investment and implementation plans for the proposed projects.