Sri Lanka’s proposed Mannar wind power project moves forward
The proposed wind power project in Sri Lanka’s district of Mannar has reportedly completed the final main gravity foundation along with the erection of the 10th wind turbine.
According to reports, the primary contractor Vestas Asia Pacific along with their specialist civil engineering contractor Access Engineering PLC has achieved satisfactory progress amidst challenging conditions of Covid 19 pandemic.
The proposed wind power project is reportedly the flag-bearer to drive Sri Lanka to a future of clean renewable energy.
The first phase of the semi-dispatchable wind farm is expected to produce 100 megawatts of power to the national grid and upon completion scheduled for August 2020, the 35 wind turbines will be an iconic feature along the Mannar coast line, local media reports stated.
The project is implemented by the state owned Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) while Vestas will be responsible for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project, reports further state.
Also, Vestas is to provide the delivery, installation and commissioning of 30 V126-3.45 MW wind turbines which also includes all civil and electrical works and Access Engineering PLC the specialist sub contractor is responsible for geo-technical investigations and pilling, construction of foundation for wind turbines, installation of medium voltage cables etc.
Once completed, this project will be the first major addition of renewable energy to the national grid.
Sri Lanka’s expanding economic activities have resulted in the increase in the demand for power. Sri Lanka is facing an imminent power crisis and the authorities are committed to introducing new renewable energy generation options to address the looming power crisis. This has resulted in the opening of many business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s power and energy sector.
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