Nov 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the furnace oil power plant which is being built in Jaffna peninsula now would commence generation since January next year.
Delivering the keynote address of a conference organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka for the small and medium scale industrialists of the Jaffna district on November 05, the Minister stated that the new power plant would minimize the losses incurred by the Ceylon Electricity Board through the supply of power to Jaffna peninsula.
The Minister said that the board incurs a loss of over three billion rupees per year from Jaffna power supply due to the high percentage of power loss in it, which is maintained at 10% now cut from a 19% earlier.
Lanka Electrical Company (LECO) which comes under the Ministry of Power and Energy has invested Rs. 3.5 billion for the project. The CEB has begun constructions of oil power plant in the Northern Province at a cost of US$ 30.5 million. The plant is to be located in Chunnakam, in Jaffna.
The plant will provide 25 megawatts of an uninterrupted power supply to Jaffna, Kilinochchi districts and surrounding areas. The new power plant is scheduled to be ready by January 2013.
Sri Lanka connected the Northern Jaffna peninsula to the national electricity grid in September, 25 years after Tamil Tiger terrorists destroyed the electricity network.