- Published on Friday, 07 September 2012 11:28
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The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has taken a project to establish a new thermal power plant in Jaffna at a cost of Rs.4,000 million.
The project while providing 24 hour uninterrupted power to the Jaffna peninsula and supplying electricity to certain areas in the Kilinochchi district continuously after powering the high tension line in Kilinochchi, Chunkanam, will also help to uplift livelihood of people in Jaffna.
The new power plant with three thermal power generating machines, one machine having a capacity to generate 8.6 MWs, will be established in Chunnakam on the direction of Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. The power plant will add 24 MWs to the national electricity grid within the next four months.
Lakdanavi Company, an institution affiliated to the CEB has been entrusted with planning and construction of the power plant and work has already commenced for establishment of generators.
The Northern Naval Command assisted in the transportation of heavy machinery and equipment along the Kankesanthurai Harbour to the project's site. Three generators and 10 containers were brought onboard the barge Yew Choon Marine 5 towed by the tug boat Yew Choon 5 from the Trincomalee Harbour.. According to CEB sources this project has created 250 direct employment opportunities for youths in Jaffna.
This new thermal power plant will support to uplift the livelihood of residents in Jaffna while supplying an uninterrupted power throughout the day.
The power generating activities of this plant will commence in January.