Author Archive for Energy

Foreign oil companies to set up shop in 2 months

Tuesday, April 4th, 2023

Courtesy The Morning Agreements to be signed in 2 weeks Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera stated that the three Cabinet-approved foreign oil companies are expected to commence their fuel distribution operations in Sri Lanka within the next two months. Sri Lanka is planning to ink the respective agreements with the three companies in […]

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Sri Lanka in talks with Russia over oil, gas purchases

Sunday, April 2nd, 2023

Courtesy Pakistan Observer Sri Lanka continues its dialogue with Russia on possible purchases of oil and gas, Sri Lankan Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardana told Sputnik in an interview. Sri Lanka does not buy oil from Russia yet, however, this is to be discussed with the Ministry of Petroleum. I think we can get some win-win […]

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India, Sri Lanka to jointly build solar power plant in island nation

Thursday, March 30th, 2023

Courtesy The Week The initial investment is expected to be $42.5 million. India and Sri Lanka have agreed to jointly build in two stages a 135-megawatt solar power plant in the island nation’s eastern port district of Trincomalee to promote renewable energy. Sri Lankan Cabinet has given approval for the project as the country aims […]

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Sri Lanka eyes green H2 to rebuild economy

Wednesday, March 29th, 2023

By Aidan Lea  Courtesy Argus Media Sri Lanka is developing regulation to lure green hydrogen and renewables projects to the country as it seeks to rebuild its ailing economy, its president Ramil Wickremesinghe said. Colombo will announce new green energy policies in the next two months as it hopes to establish itself as a renewable […]

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Fuel prices reduced

Wednesday, March 29th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara says that the fuel prices will be revised from midnight today (March 29). He said that the prices will be revised based on the fuel pricing formula. Accordingly, Octane 92 petrol will be reduced by Rs. 60, Octane 95 petrol by Rs. 135, Auto Diesel by […]

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Over 1,000 loads of Auto Diesel and Petrol dispatched today – Energy Minister

Wednesday, March 29th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana The Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd (CPSTL) has dispatched over 1,000 loads, collectively, of both Auto Diesel and Octane 92 petrol between 06:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m. today (29 March), Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera stated.  Accordingly, 574 loads of 6,600 litres of Auto Diesel and 512 loads of 6,600 litres […]

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Energy Minister assures continued supply of fuel

Tuesday, March 28th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera has assured that there are sufficient stocks of fuel in the country, and that distribution will continue as usual. Taking to Twitter, the Minister urged the public not to panic over a potential shortage in the supply of fuel owing to the recent actions taken by […]

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Sri Lanka and Russia towards a nuclear power agreement

Monday, March 27th, 2023

by Arundathie Abeysinghe Courtesy Asia News Sri Lanka is considering building small, offshore and onshore reactors, deeming nuclear power an environmentally and economically viable option. Currently, its electricity comes mainly from hydroelectric power plants. The government is vetting an existing contract between Rosatom and Bangladesh. Colombo (AsiaNews) – The Sri Lankan government wants to work […]

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High-level Indian delegation discusses energy cooperation with Sri Lankan President

Sunday, March 26th, 2023

Courtesy Livemint President Wickremesinghe provided his insights on the early implementation of these initiatives when the delegation led by Pankaj Jain, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Natural Gas, met him, the Indian High Commission here said. A high-level Indian delegation called on Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe here on Sunday and briefed him on the developments […]

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Sri Lanka’s Energy Crisis Is Weighing On its Economy

Saturday, March 18th, 2023

By Felicity Bradstock courtesy OilPrice Sri Lanka is in the midst of a financial and energy crisis, with high inflation and fuel shortages caused by poor economic management and the Covid-19 pandemic. To manage these issues, the government has introduced a National Fuel Pass to ration fuel, increased taxes and cut energy subsidies, and raised their […]

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Sri Lanka to pilot two floating solar power plants with Korean grant

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Cabinet nod has been granted to install two floating solar plants as a pilot project with 6.83 billion Korean Won funding from the South Korean government. The Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera on Monday sought the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers to sign the discussion paper with […]

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Data shows fuel prices in India decline as they rise in various countries

Tuesday, March 14th, 2023

Courtesy DTNext Further, data also revealed that the price difference between BJP and non-BJP-ruled states differ, with prices ruling higher in various non-BJP states. NEW DELHI: Prices of petrol and diesel increased in India’s immediate neighborhood and as well as some other advanced countries at a time when they declined back home in India, data from […]

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Govt has taken principled decision to expand fuel distribution – President

Monday, March 13th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana During a discussion with the representatives of the Sinopec Group held at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (March 13), President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the government has taken a principled decision to expand the distribution of fuel which is expected to commence shortly. The representatives from the Sinopec Group confirmed their readiness to invest […]

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Kanchana says int’l development agencies conveyed support to restructure CEB

Saturday, March 11th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Power & Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera says several international development agencies have communicated the assistance they can offer to restructure the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB). In a tweet, the lawmaker mentioned that the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency […]

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Russia Ready to Bring Nuclear Power to Sri Lanka

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023

by Darrell Proctor Courtesy PowerMag Government officials in Sri Lanka said they will work with Russia to bring nuclear power to the country as part of its effort to increase the supply of electricity for the island nation. Professor S.R.D. Rosa, chairman of the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board, told local media the country is looking […]

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Electricity sharing opens new window for BBIN countries

Friday, February 24th, 2023

Sufian Asif Independent researcher and freelance columnist, Dhaka. Today, challenges like climate change, pandemics, energy reliance, economic crisis, and many more are concerning us. No nation can overcome these obstacles without the assistance and collaboration of other nations. Most importantly, many of these problems have international repercussions. South Asia is facing much more difficulty when […]

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Gross misuse of overtime allowance facility in Lankan State-Owned Enterprises

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

By Asiri Fernando/The Sunday Morning Colombo, February 19: Staff members of some State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) continued to rake in large paychecks due to massive overtime and allowance pay at the end of last month, despite the Government’s push to increase utility and fuel tariffs citing a need to be cost-reflective, The Sunday Morning reliably learns. This, in […]

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BOI approval for two wind power plants by India’s Adani Group

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) has issued a letter of approval to India’s Adani Green Energy Limited for the two wind power plants to be set up in Mannar and Pooneryn at a total investment of USD 442 million.  The project will add 350 MW of electricity to the national […]

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Japan to provide USD 46 million grant to Sri Lanka

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana The Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and the Ambassador of Japan today (22 Feb.) signed an exchange of notes for a grant of USD 46 million. Accordingly, Finance Secretary Mahinda Siriwardena and Ambassador MIZUKOSHI Hideaki signed an exchange of notes for the USD 46 million grant to provide 20 million litres of […]

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Coal stocks available to ensure uninterrupted power supply until Sep – LCC

Saturday, February 18th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Lanka Coal Company (LCC) says payments have been settled for 13 shipments of coal imported to Sri Lanka. According to the company’s general manager Namal Hewage, the 12th shipment is currently being unloaded while the unloading of the 13th shipment is expected to begin tomorrow (Feb 18). Meanwhile, plans are afoot to bring […]

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Sri Lanka, India to sign power grid linking pact within two months – envoy

Thursday, February 16th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka and India will sign a pact to link their power grids and start negotiations on an upgraded trade agreement within two months, a Sri Lankan diplomat said on Wednesday, as the island nation seeks a way out of its worst economic crisis in decades. India has provided some $4 billion in […]

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Uninterrupted power supply from today

Thursday, February 16th, 2023

Courtesy Hiru News An uninterrupted power supply will be provided for the whole of Sri Lanka with effect from today, Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera said on Thursday (16). Addressing the media today, Minister Wijesekera said this is being made possible following the electricity tariff hike approved by the Public Utilities Commission of […]

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Sri Lanka, India to sign power grid linking pact within two months: Envoy

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

Courtesy Alarabiya.News Sri Lanka and India will sign a pact to link their power grids and start negotiations on an upgraded trade agreement within two months, a Sri Lankan diplomat said on Wednesday, as the island nation seeks a way out of its worst economic crisis in decades. India has provided some $4 billion in […]

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Court refused PUCSL petition requesting uninterrupted power supply during exams

Saturday, February 11th, 2023

Courtesy Hiru News The Court of Appeal has refused a petition by the Public Utilities Commission requesting that the CEB be ordered to provide an uninterrupted supply of electricity during the Advanced Level examination. The petition was refused by the court prior to any consideration. That petition was reconsidered today before the bench of Judges […]

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Kanchana asks why PUCSL allows special electricity tariff relief to Housing Apartments

Thursday, February 9th, 2023

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Claiming that the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has granted special electricity tariff reduction to Housing Apartment Complexes than normal domestic units, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara said today that electricity could be provided to normal domestic units at concessionary rates if the special relief granted to Housing […]

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SC rejects request for interim order preventing power cuts during A/L exam

Friday, February 3rd, 2023

Courtesy Ada Derana The Supreme Court today (Feb. 03) rejected a request made by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) to issue an interim order preventing the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) from imposing power cuts during the ongoing 2022 G.C.E. Advanced Level examination. A petition filed by the human rights group against the […]

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Uninterrupted power:CEB vs. PUCSL clash worsens

Saturday, January 28th, 2023

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Courtesy The Morning The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) yesterday (28) reaffirmed that the existing power cuts would continue despite recommendations by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) to provide an uninterrupted power supply during the period of Advanced Level examinations, which are being held until 17 February. The CEB’s stance […]

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Requesting for prompt approval for electricity tariff increase – PUCSL tells National Council

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Members of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) stated before the National Council that they unanimously agreed to send documents to the Attorney General requesting for advice regarding the possibility of increasing the electricity charges retrospectively and requesting for prompt approval for the increase in the electricity charges.  Accordingly, the members […]

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Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka summons Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka and Power & Energy Secretary

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has summoned the Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy, and the Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) for an inquiry as to why they failed to prevent the implementation of power cuts during the ongoing 2022 G.C.E. Advanced Level […]

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Rift in PUCSL likely to pave way for proposed electricity tariff increase

Saturday, January 21st, 2023

By Nishel Fernando Courtesy The Daily Mirror PUCSL Chairman alleges political authorities have influenced commission members to reverse earlier unanimous decision to reject interim and retrospective electricity tariff hike Says commission members were called by president to Presidential Secretariat without informing him Points out political interference into affairs of an independent commission such as PUCSL […]

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