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Electricity for all households by year-end

99.8 percent penetration achieved:
Work starts on First LNG power plant:
More solar, wind power plants

Electricity provision in the country will reach 100 percent by the end of this year, said Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday.

He said that so far the Government had provided electricity to 99.8 percent of households and there are only 84,000 families left to be provided with electricity. He added measures have been taken to provide them with electricity.

He made this observation at the foundation stone laying ceremony at Kerawalapitiya for the construction of the first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant in Sri Lanka to add another 350 MW to the National Grid to cater the increasing demand for the electricity.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs.40 billion and its first phase would be completed within 21 months which would add 220 MW to the national grid and the second phase would be completed within next 12 months which would add 130 MW to the national grid. Prime Minister Rajapaksa said this LNG power plant would be constructed with the latest technology and become a massive leap in the power sector in the country.

This environment friendly LNG power plant would cater 13 percent of the electricity demand in the country.

He added that since the Government is acting in line with a national agenda and did not act in accordance with personal agenda, it could offer the nation with three power plants within a short period after assuming power. He added that this government would not stop the development work commenced by any previous government for petty political gain but would complete all suitable projects.

The Prime Minister noted that this government had to face the COVID-19 pandemic no sooner were they elected. However, this Government could manage the situation far better than most of the developed countries. He added in addition the country is treading on the path of development amidst these challenges.

The previous Good Governance Government led by the UNP could not commence a single development project during their tenure but took measures to stop all development programmes that had been initiated by their predecessor Governments which resulted in a reverse of economic development.

He said that all can remember the frequency of the power failures during the previous Good Governance Government. They did not have any notion on the importance of an uninterrupted power supply and adding new power plants to the national grid.Premier Rajapaksa said that as his government which was in power before the Good Governance Government understood the importance of power and energy for the development of the country and realizing it was not wise to rely on hydropower only, took steps to construct a coal power plant the first time in Sri Lanka amidst many objections. However, this rationale was proved correct during the past drought seasons. Thereafter they commenced wind power plants, solar power plants as well as waste power plants for the first time in Sri Lanka. All these attempts were taken to provide electricity at a cheaper rate to the people.