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* India's NTPC wins Sri Lanka power plant consultancy project
Fri, Mar 14, 2014, 09:50 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 14, Colombo: India's State-run NTPC's Consultancy Wing has won the contract for providing engineering consultancy services to Trincomalee Power Company Ltd. (TPCL) for setting up a 500 MW coal-based power project at Trincomalee, in Sri Lanka, according to a statement.

The Consultancy Wing of NTPC, with an ISO 9001:2000 accreditation, undertakes all the consultancy and turnkey project contracts for its clients in the different phases of power plants.

The contract agreement between NTPC and TPCL was signed Thursday in Colombo, a statement said.

Sri Lanka's second coal power plant to be set up in the Eastern Province, is a joint venture between the Ceylon Electricity Board and India's NTPC.

NTPC signed the agreement with Government of Sri Lanka and Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) in 2006 to set up the 2X250 MW Coal based Power Project at Trincomalee through a joint venture company between NTPC and the CEB.

The joint venture, Trincomalee Power Company Limited (TPCL) established in 2011 with equal equity participation from NTPC and CEB for the US$ 512 million project.

The Sampur Coal Power Plant will comprise two 250 MW power generators. A 240 kilometer long 220 kV transmission line will be constructed from Sampur to the 20kV/132kV Grid Substations at Veyangoda to connect the power plant to the national grid. A coal unloading jetty will also be constructed in Sampur for coal shipments.

The Power and Energy Ministry expects to link the power plan to the national grid in 2017. The inking of power generation to the national grid is expected to minimize the CEB's dependence of purchasing power from private suppliers and the operation of fuel and thermal based power plants.

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