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* Sri Lanka government to proceed with Sampur coal power plant despite doubts
Sat, Sep 3, 2011, 10:52 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 03, Colombo: Despite clash of ideologies of the bigwigs of Sri Lanka's energy sector, the coal power project of Sampur is to proceed, government sources say.

Negotiations were completed earlier this month on agreements to set up a 500 MW power project at Sampur in Trincomalee by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) of India.

Accordingly, the agreement between Ceylon Electricity Board and the National Thermal Power Corporation is to be inked at 9 am on September 06, at Galadhari Hotel in Colombo.

However, the Ministry of Power and Energy sources say that the original plan of developing the Sampur coal power project up to 3,600 megawatt in several stages has been curtailed and limited to 500 megawatt.

The construction is to begin next year and the power generation is to be linked to the national grid in 2017. The joint venture will cost US$ 500 million.

Sri Lanka seems to have doubts on the Norochcholai coal power plant which had several accidents since its inception this year and the Minister of Power and Energy Champika Ranawaka recently said that the country would not go for coal power after Norochcholai.

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