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China to help Sri Lanka set up LNG power plants

China has expressed its willingness to assist Sri Lanka in setting up liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plants to enhance the country’s electricity supply. This was conveyed by Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan to Power Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake during a meeting held at the Ministry office, recently.

At the discussions, special attention was drawn towards Sri Lanka’s electricity generation sector, the Power and Energy Ministry said in a statement, yesterday. The Chinese Ambassador, who noted Sri Lanka’s inclination towards renewable energy sources, inquired about the position regarding the setting up of LNG power plants and discussed the possibility of establishing a power plant in the Hambantota district.

Minister Karunanayake told the ambassador that water was the traditional and primary source of electricity generation in Sri Lanka as it was cheaper and environmentally friendly. As water resources had been fully utilised, the country was compelled to depend on oil and coal to fulfil the increasing electricity demand.

And as this involved higher production costs and other issues, Sri Lanka had to move towards solar and wind power and LNG energy sources, the minister said.

The Chinese Ambassador also extended an invitation to Minister Karunanayake to visit China for an inspiration tour of its major power plants. 


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