More wind power plants
Four plants add 33 megawatts to national grid:
potential for wind power
Hayleys Group and WindForce (Pvt) Ltd are currently building a 10
megawatt wind power plant at Nirmalapura at Kalpitiya in the Puttalam
district with a total investment of Rs 2.3 billion.
The new plant will be known as Nirmalapura Wind Power Ltd. WindForce
is a company owned by Seguwantivu Wind Power and Vidatamunai Wind Power.
Seguwantivu Wind Power and Vidatamunai Wind Power Chief Executive
Officer Manjula Perera said construction work of the plant is scheduled
to be completed by April next year. The farm of wind turbine generators
will have seven turbines when completed with each turbine producing 1.5
megawatts of power, generating electricity making use of the strong gust
of winds from the Indian Ocean.
Currently a three megawatt windpower plant has been built by the
Government in Hambantota. Three other wind power plants are being
operated in the country. These are the ten megawatt Seguwantivu Wind
Power, Ten megawatt Vidatamunai Wind Power and ten megawatt Senok Wind
Power. Currently, 33 megawatts are being added to the national power
grid by these four wind plants.
Two more plants, the ten megawatt Nirmalapura Wind Power and ten
megawatt PowerGen Lanka plant are under construction.
Construction work of ten megawatt Lanka Transformers and 35 megawatt
K L S Energy Lanka have not commenced yet.
So far, licences have been issued to generate over 90 megawatts of
electricity using wind power by the Ceylon Electricity Board. There is
potential to generate at least 500 megawatts within the next three years
using wind power in the country.