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* New state-owned company to manage Sri Lanka's commercial nuclear energy entities
Sun, Jan 5, 2014, 12:31 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Technology and Research has taken steps to set up a private limited company to manage the commercial operations of the entities established by the Atomic Energy Authority.

The new state-owned limited liability company will be under the administration of the Atomic Energy Authority.

It will manage, operate and maintain the government owned Gamma Irradiation Facility and the National Centre for Non-Destructive Testing and all such other entities that may be established by the Atomic Energy Authority for commercial operations

The proposal made by the Minister of Technology and Research Patali Champika Ranawaka to establish the company has received the cabinet approval.

The first ever government owned multi-purpose Gamma Irradiation Facility established at a cost of Rs. 760 million at the Export Processing Zone in Biyagama is scheduled to commence operations from this month.

The plant will be used to sterilize rubber products such as latex gloves, medical equipment, and food products such as rice fruits, vegetables, dry fish and Maldive fish.

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