Dec 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday released water for testing the electricity generation at the Moragahakanda hydropower plant built under Sri Lanka's largest multi-functional irrigation project.
The testing works of the Moragahakanda hydro-electricity plant, which will generate 25 Megawatt hydropower to the national grid, were completed in June this year and the electricity generation was awaiting to commence when the water level risen to the required level in the reservoir.
The reservoir is situated at 132 meter height from the sea level. When the water level of the reservoir increased to 165 meters from the sea level the power plant could be operated. The maximum output of power will be generated when it reaches the highest level of 185 meters.
The Moragahakanda reservoir has reached 178 meters from the sea level for the electricity generation due to the recent high rainfall.
Speaking at the occasion, the President said this was one of his dreams which became a reality. "I was waiting for this moment for a long time", he said.
Moragahakanda reservoir, the wonder of irrigation in the Knuckles mountain range will provide required water to the farmers while adding 25 Megawatt electricity to the national grid.
The research on electricity generation will be carried out for four days and then the power generation will be tested for three days. The electricity generation to add 25 Megawatt to the national grid will commence afterwards.
The electricity will be generated using four turbines - two 7.5 Megawatt Turbines and two 5 Megawatt Turbines- operated by the high pressure of water.
The hydro power project will save an estimated Rs. 336 million annually form the fuel cost.
The Moragahakanda Reservoir, constructed across Amban River - a tributary of the Mahaweli River, 2 km upstream of the weir at Elahera, will be the last reservoir of the Mahaweli Development Project.