Sri Lankan government to call for tenders to construct 100 MW solar power park

Sri Lankan government to call for tenders to construct 100 MW solar power park

Sri Lanka’s State Ministry of Solar, Wind, and Grid Power Generation Projects Development is to call for tenders to construct the first-ever 100 MW solar power park in Siyambalanduwa, Monaragala located in the country’s Uva Province.

The tenders are expected to be called this November.

Accordingly, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is currently ongoing and will be completed in two months, The Sunday Morning has reported.

State Minister Duminda Dissanayake has told The Sunday Morning that the documentation work is to be completed in two months, after which the Ministry would call for tenders.

“The funding for the project is not yet finalised and we will go for an open tender. We have not yet decided whether we will go for a government-to-government project or not,” Dissanayake has said.

Cabinet approval had been granted to construct the solar park in 2016 but it had been delayed since then.

In parallel to the solar park construction, another transmission line project will also be implemented, Dissanayake has added.

Meanwhile,the  Asian Development Bank (ADB) is currently evaluating the technical possibility of whether the tenders should be called for 100 MW at once, as four 25 MW plants, or 10 x 10 MW plants, the State Minister has further stated.

OSL take:

Sri Lanka is exploring renewable energy generation projects in order to address the country’s looming power crisis. Sri Lanka’s President has called for 70 percent of the country’s power supply to be generated from renewable energy generation methods. The country has a shortfall in its power supply resulting in a demand for power. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s power sector. 

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