Dec 21, 2017

Plans for country’s first geothermal power plant Featured

Planning and mapping has been made for the construction of a first ever geothermal power plant in Sri Lanka, says dean of the geology faculty at the University of Peradeniya Prof. Athula Senaratne.

The mapping between Trincomalee and Pussangoda has been completed and a final report is due in April next year, he said, adding the construction could begin thereafter with the support of the private sector.

Noting that geothermal energy generation is successfully taking place in the Philippines, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, Bhutan and China, Prof. Senaratne said this could be an ideal solution to the energy problems in the country.

The work began as early as 1990 and the mapping by a team including the professor took place in 2008.

After the end of the war, the related activities were conducted in the north, he said.