Bid for 3-fold increase in hydropower
SL to be less dependent on fuel power generation:
The Power and Energy Ministry is taking measures to increase the
hydropower generation capacity threefold to insulate the country’s power
generation from the fossil fuel crisis and provide an uninterrupted
supply of electricity.
A ministry source said that Sri Lanka has a 1,200 MW hydro power
generating capacity and the ministry has planned to set up nine
hydropower generating projects, increasing the capacity by another 3,500
MW, drastically dropping the use of heavy fuel in power generation. The
source said that the South Korean government which has the best
hydropower management technology in the world, has promised to provide
the know-how relating to the pump water storage system as well as funds
for feasibility tests.
He added that as Sri Lanka is rich in water resources, this could be
used in hydropower generation and nine locations have been identified
for the pump water storage system.
The sources said that the daily requirement of power in Sri Lanka is
2,032 MW and the contribution of hydropower to this is around 15
He added the most significant feature of this technology is that the
water used in hydropower generation is stored in a reservoir in a lower
gradient rather than releasing them to sea.
“The same water is later pumped back to the reservoir at the upper
elevation. The CEB could save more than 75 percent of heavy fuel usage
in power generation during the peak hours,” the source said.
He said that with the establishment of such a system, solar and wind
energy could be added to the national grid for a continuous output which
is also an additional benefit.
He added that this type of power generation projects would enable the
government to provide electricity to the people at a stable price though
the price of fuel in the world market fluctuates.
The source said that the South Korean government is the only country
that uses this technology and promised to provide this technology to Sri
Lanka after discussions between Power and Energy Minister Patali
Champika Ranawaka and South Korean Knowledge Economy Minister Seok Cho
in South Korea.