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China likely to build LNG power plant in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota
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China likely to build LNG power plant in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota

Colombo, Mar 3 : China's envoy Cheng Xueyuan and Sri Lanka's Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake held discussions regarding the possibility of establishing an LNG power plant in Hambantota. The meeting between focussed on the issue of power generation and enhancing bilateral ties between the two countries.

The Chinese Ambassador said "on behalf of the government of China he agrees to provide support on the LNG power plant technology to expand the electricity sector in Sri Lanka.

He noted that the electricity generation and power supply in Sri Lanka is at a better position

The Minister and the ambassador held discussions regarding the possibility of establishing an LNG power plant in Hambantota, Colombo page reported.

The Ambassador, especially noticing that at present Sri Lanka's electricity sector has focused on renewable energy sources, inquired from the Minister about the situation regarding the construction of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) power plants.

The Minister also emphasized that although the hydropower is the traditional and the main source of electricity generation in Sri Lanka, which can provide an efficient service to consumers without any damage to the environment at a minimum price, almost all existing reservoirs have already been used for electricity generation.

The Minister explained to the Ambassador that although coal and fuel have been used as resources to generate electricity to meet the daily increasing power requirement, in the context of prices and other issues, the electricity sector in Sri Lanka is seeking solar power, wind power, and LNG power sources.

Minister Karunanayake further apprised the Chinese Ambassador of the LNG power plants proposed to be established in Sri Lanka in the future.

The Ambassador pointing out that it is very important to pay close attention to the protection of the general public as well as the working people at all times, extended an invitation to the Minister to visit to China to observe the power projects in that country.

The envoy also said he will explore the possibility of investing in LNG plants in Sri Lanka in the coming weeks.

According to media reports, On Jan 23, The Sri Lankan governement gave approval to Chinese cement manufacturing company to set up production unit in Hambantota. (UNI)