Sampur coal power plant construction to be expedited
The Minister of Power and Energy Ranjith
Siyambalapitiya has instructed relevant authorities to commence the
construction of the first and second phases of the Sampur coal power
plant within the next few months.
The Minister has instructed the officials who are
involved in the project following a discussion with them during an
observation visit to the proposed site for the plant recently.
After meeting the residents of the area the Minister
has requested them to give their maximum support for the project
considering it as a national cause.
The Sampur coal power plant is to be built in a 500
acre land in Trincomalee district of the Eastern Province with the
financial assistance from India. The thermal power plant to be built at
an estimated cost of US$ 600 million will add 500 megawatts to the
The location of the power plant has been a concern
since the internally displaced persons (IDPs), who were displaced in
2006, are yet to be resettled in Sampur.
Minister Siyambalapitiya also said that relevant
public institutions, environmental organizations, residents and all
other parties have extended their support and approval for the project.
Courtesy: Department of Government Information
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