STI Holdings breaks ground on network of tower lines 

Ground breaking ceremony led by Minister of Power and Energy Dullas Alahapperuma and officials 


St. Theresa Industries (STI) Holdings, a manufacturer of steel fabrication and accessories used for power generation, transmission and distribution in Sri Lanka, broke ground on the construction of the first of a series of tower lines and gantry structures spread across the island to improve the supply and reliability of electricity across the country. 

This initiative is driven by the Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development, and operationally directed by the Ceylon Electricity Board. STI Holdings is the appointed local representative for Chinese construction company, Qingdao Huijintong Power Equipment (HTJ) – the main contractor named in the deal. 

Beginning from Maho, Kurunegala, STI Holdings utilises state-of-the-art technology for the development of the network intended to improve medium voltage network efficiency and provide system capacity to help prepare for load growth across 12 districts in Sri Lanka. Funded by the Asian Development Bank, the mammoth project will see the development of over 300 km of 33 kV Double Circuit Tower lines and 13 two section, single bus bar gantries of 5MBA. The inauguration ceremony took place on 27 January in Maho. 

“The Electricity Reliability Improvement Project marks a significant milestone in the energy sector of our country. It will uplift the demand, distribution, and reliability of electricity in all parts of Sri Lanka, aiding rural and suburban growth by further strengthening and solidifying the infrastructure required to do so. The project will also bolster CEB’s ability to cater to not just domestic demand, but industrial as well, and contribute indirectly to embolden and uplift the local economy, while also being considerate of preserving the environment in its pursuit of enabling equitable access to electricity across all parts of the island,” stated STI Holdings Group CEO Madushanka Fernando. 

The Electricity Reliability Improvement Project directed by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) aims to improve the quality and reliability of electricity across all parts of the island, while also boosting its ability to serve both domestic and industrial demand. This contributes an additional 65 MBA distribution points to the country’s network, and does so in a note-worthy, eco-friendly manner. 

Installation of the tower lines will take place in Puttalam, Keeriyankalliya, Mallawapitiya, Rathmalgoda, Maho, Maeliya, Wimalasurendra, Maskeliya, Ampara, Uhana, Kappalthurai, Irakkandy, Kamburupitiya, Tawalantenna, Kegalle, Badulla, Ella, Mahiyanganaya, Bibile, Rathnapura, Monaragala, Wellawaya, Warukandeniya, Morawaka, Elpitiya, Mattaka, Matara, and Yakabedda.