75 MW to national grid: CEB to sign 38 agreements today

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is to sign 38 new electricity purchasing agreements with mini-hydro power plants to add a total of 75 MW to the national grid as a solution to meet the npower demand in the country.

Speaking to The Morning, CEB Chairman Eng. Vijitha Herath said that several out of the 38 agreements would be signed today (7) at the CEB premises.

According to him, the agreements that will be signed today are with power plants that have already obtained environmental clearance. The other agreements would be signed as soon environmental clearance is obtained, he noted.

“The agreements are for a period of 15 to 20 years and by signing these agreements, the CEB expects to add more hydropower to the national grid, thereby meeting the existing power shortage,” Herath added.

According to the CEB Chairman, the extensions of the agreements have been delayed for nearly four-and-a-half years due to various reasons and the CEB, by extending the mini-hydropower agreements, is expected to add 75 MW to the national grid.

In addition, the Board is also expected to add a total of 220 MW of hydropower and 30 MW of wind power to the national grid with the completion of the Broadlands and Uma Oya Hydropower Projects as well as the Mannar Island Wind Farm this year.