Natural gases - solution to energy wastage
There are solutions to energy wastage in Sri Lanka and it was
necessary to have a proper plan to reduce wastage, said Petroleum
Industries Minister Susil Premajayantha, when he addressed the media
yesterday at his Ministry.
"The Petroleum Industries Ministry plans to introduce natural gases
as a solution for energy wastage.
"In some countries such as Japan and Korea, they have already taken
measures to introduce natural gases to generate electricity. Nearly one
third of Sri Lanka's petroleum oil imports are being used for
electricity generation," the minister said.
He said the Ceylon Electricity Board was presently planning to
introduce alternative energy for electricity generation.
Until the year 1995, Sri Lanka used hydro power for electricity
generation, but today, more than 80 percent of the electricity produced
in the country is from thermal energy.
"Nearly 20 billion rupees worth oil wastage takes place in the city
of Colombo due to traffic congestion.
If we can find a solution traffic congestion, we could save a large
amount of petroleum oil," the minister said.
The minister said the ministry had plans to develop some sub sectors
of the petroleum industry, such as the lubricants industry and the agro
chemical industry, as they were profitable endeavours. It is necessary
to provide oil to areas such as aviation, electricity and rail ways,
even though they are not profitable since they are essential services.