He pointed out that currently there is a stock of 500,000 metric tons of coal, but after September another 2.5 million metric tons of coal is required until March next year. However, $ 800 million is required to import that stock of coal and under the current financial crisis if this requirement of coal is not purchased the country will face a huge crisis.
Rathnayake said that currently one metric ton of coal in the world market is between 325 and 350 dollars, which is a three-fold increase compared to previous purchases.
A tender has already been called for the purchase of coal. He further said that the 900 megawatt power plant in Norochcholai has a huge impact on the power supply factor and in the event it is lost, the country is bound to face a serious power crisis.