Author Archive for Technology

Sustainable concept for wood-based textile fibres

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

Press release The 2022 Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Professor Ilkka Kilpeläinen and Professor Herbert Sixta for the development and use of novel ionic liquids to process wood biomass into high-performance textile fibres. The future demand for textile fibres is growing due to global population growth. Production of cotton, the predominantly used cellulose fibre […]

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RUN OF THE RIVER HYDROELECTRICITY

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

Sugath Kulatunga The country is in the midst of a acute power crisis. If we ignore the immediate problem of dearth dollars to buy fuel the present crisis is mainly due to the Yahapalana government not investing in a single new power generation unit. The dollar crisis will exacerbate with oil prices expected to go […]

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Fire breaks out on drillship in Sri Lanka

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

by Nermina Kulovic Courtesy Offshore Energy A drillship owned by Aquadrill Offshore, formerly known as Seadrill Partners, has caught fire while docked at a port in Sri Lanka. The Hambantota International Port Emergency Response Unit (ERU) together with the port’s Quality, Health, Safety & Environment Dept. (QHSE), and Port Control, responded to a fire that occurred […]

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China manufactures giant tunnel boring machine for Sri Lanaka

Saturday, January 8th, 2022

Courtesy Ceylon Today China has manufactured a giant tunnel boring machine (TBM) for Sri Lanka. The TBM, made by China Railway Construction Heavy Industry Corp Ltd, has been rolled off the assembly line in Changsha, Hunan Province. The machine with a diameter of 7.6 meters will be used in a water diversion project in SL. […]

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Presidential Committee contradicts natural law of hydrocarbon explosions.

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Lankaweb The Committee appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to probe the recent gas explosions, concluding that the change in the composition of gas was the primary reason for the recent gas-related explosions. But this conclusion contradicts the basic law of gas explosions. Here is a simple demonstration. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. The demonstration was […]

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Change in gas composition main cause of explosions

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

By Rathindra Kuruwita and Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island Presidential Committee contradicts Litro Chairman A simmering controversy over gas-related explosions has taken an unexpected turn with Prof. Shantha Walpolage, the Chairman of the Committee appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to probe the recent gas explosions, concluding that the change in the composition of gas was […]

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Change in gas composition results in gas related accidents

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The main reason for the recent gas related accidents has been identified as the change in the composition of gas, Prof. Shantha Walpolage, the Chairman of the Committee appointed by the President to probe gas-related accidents, said. He told media today that they got this finding verified during their on-site inspections […]

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Gas companies issued directions regarding domestic gas supply ස්ටිකරය ඇල වූ ගෑස් සිලින්ඩර් හෙට සිට වෙළඳපොලට – දිවයින පුරා භූමිතෙල් පෝලිම් (වීඩියෝ)

Sunday, December 19th, 2021

Courtesy Hiru News State Ministry of Consumer Protection has directed the Consumer Affairs Authority to advise the Gas companies to supply domestic gas according to the Guidelines laid by the Court of Appeal, stated State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna.  සංයුතිය සම්බන්ධයෙන් තොරතුරු ඇතුළත් ස්ටිකරය සහිත නව ගෑස් සිලින්ඩර් හෙට සිට වෙළදපළට නිකුත් කරන බව අදාළ කටයුතු […]

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CAA to instruct Litro and Laugfs on supply of LP gas

Sunday, December 19th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The State Ministry of Consumer Protection has advised the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) to direct the country’s two largest LP gas suppliers – Litro and Laugfs, to distribute LP gas only as instructed by the Court of Appeal.  The Court of Appeal on Friday had directed Litro Gas Lanka Limited and Laugfs Gas […]

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LPG Fiasco!

Saturday, December 18th, 2021

Sarath Bulathsinghala 18 Dec 2021 A bouquet of flowers to Dr Deshai Boteju for explaining the LPG fiasco in Sri Lanka so clearly for all to understand. What is most strange is that there is not a word from the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka on the issue! Throughout Sri Lanka major issues with LPG […]

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Unloading and distribution of one LPG shipment currently underway – Litro

Saturday, December 18th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Litro Gas Lanka Limited, one of the largest liquefied petroleum gas suppliers in Sri Lanka, says unloading and distribution of LPG from a latest shipment is currently underway. According to the chairman of the company, Mr. Theshara Jayasinghe, two more ships with LP gas, docked near the Kerawalapitiya Terminal, are awaiting the approval […]

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Litro permitted to unload one of the latest LPG shipments

Saturday, December 18th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Litro Gas Lanka Limited has been given the nod to unload one of the two latest shipments of liquefied petroleum gas. Earlier this week, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) directed Litro Gas not to unload the latest shipment of LP gas as it does not comply with the SLSI standards.  Ada Derana had […]

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ලිට්‍රෝ සමාගමෙන් ප්‍රතිඥාවක් – බාල ගෑස් නැව තවමත් කොළඹ මුහුදේ –

Saturday, December 18th, 2021

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Litro & Laugfs ordered to only distribute LPG up to SLSI standards

Friday, December 17th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Court of Appeal has directed the two largest suppliers of liquefied petroleum gas in Sri Lanka – Litro Gas Lanka Limited and Laugfs Gas PLC – to only distribute products that are in compliance with the standards approved by Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI). This interim order was issued by Appeals Court […]

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Permission given to unload Litro gas from the ship (Video)

Friday, December 17th, 2021

Courtesy Hiru News Secretary to the Ministry of Technology Jayantha De Silva stated that he has given permission to unload Litro gas. He stated this after he tested the gas samples on board the ship. The filling and distribution of gas cylinders will commence as usual from tomorrow (18), Litro Gas said. Litro stated that […]

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Domestic gas cylinder should contain 30% propane’ (Video)

Friday, December 17th, 2021

Courtesy Hiru News A special discussion on the gas crisis is scheduled to be held on 21 December under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. It is reported that the ministers in charge of the subject, as well as the heads of the gas companies, are scheduled to participate in the discussion and a […]

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SLSI to convene a special meeting over composition of a domestic gas cylinder

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

Courtesy Hiru News The Sri Lanka Standards Institution has convened a special meeting on 20 December to decide on the composition of a domestic gas cylinder. Manohara Jayasinghe, Senior State Counsel appearing for the Consumer Affairs Authority and the Sri Lanka Standards Institution, made this statement when the petition filed seeking an inquiry into the […]

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Sri Lanka’s gas tragedy: the untold story

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

By Deshai Botheju, Ph.D.M.Sc.Tech.(Norway), M.Sc., B.Sc.Eng. (1st Hons., UoM), AIChE, AMIE(SL)deshaibotheju@acses.org Courtesy Island Recent explosions and gas leak accidents related to domestic LP gas cylinders have created an environment of fear, anxiety, and social unrest throughout the country. More than 400 explosions and gas leak incidents have been reported during the first week of December […]

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Exploding Gas Appliances in Sri Lanka

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Sarath Bulathsinghala 4 Dec 2021 The ‘experts’ – the politicians, the administrators, and the businessmen are trying to ‘rediscover the wheel’! A few days ago, we witnessed parliamentarians, administrators, and perhaps businessmen with vested interests in the ‘gas saga’ sitting together to find solutions for the gas explosions happening throughout Sri Lanka. Is this the […]

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Litro urges consumers not to test gas cylinders at home for leaks

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Litro Gas Lanka Ltd. has warned consumers no Litro Gas Lanka Ltd. today (Dec. 01) warned the consumers not to test their gas cylinders at home using methods such as soap water. At a media briefing, Director of Sales and Marketing of Litro Gas Lanka, Janaka Pathirathna said people using soap water to […]

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Ministerial Consultative Committee on Trade takes up gas cylinder issue

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana A special meeting of the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Trade was held in Parliament today (01) to seek the views and solutions of several parties regarding the sudden spike in gas cylinder-related incidents reported over the past couple of days. The Ministerial Consultative Committee met under the chairmanship of Minister of Trade Bandula […]

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Russia to assist in generating low-cost electricity using nuclear power

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Russian Federation has agreed to explore the possibility of generating low-cost electricity in Sri Lanka through new sources such as nuclear power. The decision was revealed following a meeting held between Russian Ambassador Yuri B. Materiy and Power Minister Gamini Lokuge at the Ministry. The ambassador said Sri Lanka should […]

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Save Parakrama Samudraya

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Bandula Kendaragama, Dam Safety Consultant, Melbourne, Australia This article is written based on information collated through consultations that were recently submitted as a technical report to His Excellency Gotabhaya Rajapaksaand other relevant government authorities. The consultations were among those who had been interested in dam safety and were directly involved in managing the Narrowly-Missed” breach […]

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Policies call for coordination in power sector

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

by Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island The material presented below relates to the policies explored by successive governments to meet the rising demands for water and electric power. Consequently, the policies adopted are with the intention of either increasing demands for water and power generation capacities, directly or indirectly, as a byproduct of another policy. […]

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LNG Scam is a Hangman’s Noose

Monday, October 4th, 2021

by Kumar David Courtesy The Island There has been a news blackout on the liquid natural gas (LNG) deal that Basil Rajapaksa’s Ministry has entered into with the American company New Fortress Energy (NFE). The Sunday Island Editorial last week 26 September expressed concern about lack of transparency of facts and secrecy in negotiations. The […]

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ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දේශපාලනය නිසා ඇතිවන අන්තර්ජාල සුන්බුන්

Sunday, September 5th, 2021

ෂම්මි උයනගේ පරිගණක මෘදුකාංග ඉංජිනේරු පෘථිවියට කඩා වැටෙමින් තිබූ චීනයේ විශාලතම ලෝන් මාච් රොකට්ටුවේ අවශේෂ කොටස් මැයි 9 වන දින ග්‍රිනිච් වේලාවෙන් 0224 ට වායුගෝලයට ඇතුළු වූ අතර දේශාංශ 72.47 ක් සහ අක්ෂාංශ 2.65 ක් උතුරින් පිහිටි ඉන්දියන් සාගරයේ ස්ථානයකට කඩා වැටුණු බව ජාත්‍යන්තර මාධ්‍ය වාර්තා කර සිටියි.” 2020 නොවැම්බර් 06 වෙනිදා නිකුත් කරන ලද […]

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Government is Actively Pursuing Block-Chain Technology to Facilitate Digital Currencies: Minister Namal Rajapaksa.

Friday, August 27th, 2021

Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Development Coordination and Supervision, State Ministry of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development. The State Minister of Digital Technology and Enterprise Development Hon. Namal Rajapaksa delivered the keynote address on the theme “Digital Inclusion and Transformation in South Asia” at a virtual event that took place on Friday, Aug. […]

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Could the electric tuk-tuk be a success in Sri Lanka?

Monday, August 16th, 2021

Courtesy BBC There are over one million tuk-tuks (also known as auto rickshaws) in Sri Lanka. They are cheap to use but can also be very polluting. Now electric tuk-tuks are being developed as well as conversion kits to change petrol powered vehicles to run on batteries. But will they take off? The Travel Show’s […]

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Sri Lanka rules out new coal power, promotes rooftop solar

Monday, August 16th, 2021

By Joe Lo Courtesy Climate Home news The government wants 70% of the island’s electricity to come from renewables by 2030 and is offering cheap loans to install rooftop solar. Solar panels being installed in Sri Lanka (Photo: World Bank/Dominic Sansoni/Flickr) Sri Lanka will stop building coal-fired power plants and double the share of its electricity from […]

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Sri Lanka targets 70 percent renewable energy goal by 2030

Friday, August 6th, 2021

Courtesy INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS AND FINANCIAL ANALYSIS Sri Lanka will mandate a 70 percent renewable energy share by 2030 forcing state-run Ceylon Electricity Board to prepare a long term generation plan to that effect, renewable energy minister Duminda Dissanayake said. We have decided to produce 70 percent of the electricity from renewable energy by […]

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