July 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Power and Energy Pavithra Wanniarachchi will start the construction of the long-awaited Broadlands Hydropower Project (BHP) on 14th July.
The Broadlands hydropower plant to be constructed at Kithulgala, about 90 km north-east of Colombo, will add 35 megawatt to the national grid. Once completed it expects to generate 137 GWh of electrical energy annually.
The project which is a run-of-river type project planned to build on the Kelani River is the last of the series of hydropower plants of Laxapana and it has been stalled for 25 years due to environmental concerns.
The 24-meter high and 114-meter long long dam will be constructed across the Kelani River in Kithulgala in the Nuwara Eliya District and the power plant will be established in Yatiyanthota in Kegalle district. The tunnel of the complex will be 3.5 kilometers long and 5.4 meters in diameter.
The project is estimated to cost US$ 82 million, 85% of which is financed by China and the remaining 15% is to be borne by the government with a loan from the Hatton National Bank.