First electricity power plant using waste to open on Feb. 17: Power Minister
Posted on February 12th, 2021

Chaturanga Samarawickrama Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Sri Lanka’s first power plant to generate electricity using garbage and other bio mass set up at Kerawalapitiya at Hendala, Wattala will be added to the national grid next Wednesday (17) Power Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said.

Addressing an event he said the plant will be vasted to the public by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

While waste is posing a big headache to people of the whole island, the Ministry had decided to add economic value to it with a sustainable solution and to generate electricity.

The plant is generating 10Mw power using 700 tons of waste per day and will continue its operation by collection of waste from the area.

The Minister further said the use of waste collected in this manner for the generation of power in the entire district will also environmentally important.

Also, the Ministry had planned to launch the first project to generate electricity from biogas using biodegradable waste in the Matara District.

The project is expected to kick off in October this year and will be added to the national grid. 

One Response to “First electricity power plant using waste to open on Feb. 17: Power Minister”

  1. Ratanapala Says:

    The operation and maintenance of these facilities will be a main issue. This sort of facility should be kept well maintained, otherwise there will be many more problems down the line. They are prone to breakdowns and deterioration depending on the materials used for the construction of the machinery. It is highly corrosive environment and I hope that those who eventually get to operate and maintain these facilities will be up to the task! This is not very much unlike Norochcholai!

    What are the options when the facility breaks down even for a couple of days?

    In the proper hands this is a boon to Sri Lanka on the way to modernity!

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