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Govt explores wind power potential in the North East with Adani assistance

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The government has already explored the offshore wind power potential in the country especially in the North and East, expediting two mega wind power projects of 286 MW in Mannar and 234 MW in Pooneryn undertaken by India’s Adani Green Energy Ltd for an investment of over US$ 500 million.

Adani has requested the government to include their claim for carbon credit in their project contract under Sri Lanka Carbon Crediting Scheme (SLCCS) established for supporting local clean projects to benefit from climate finance for the Greenhouse Gas emission (GHG) reduction, official sources said.

It has also demanded a government guarantee for their investment in the two projects or to keep shares of another state owned business enterprise as a surety for their money dumped in those projects.

Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera disclosed that Adani Green Energy has been given approval to implement the projects in August and it has expressed commitment to complete the projects by December 2024.

A cabinet paper on the same projects, dated August 14, 2023, noted that it should be considered as a government-to-government arrangement.

This was the strategy adopted by the government to award the wind power projects in Mannar and Poonaryn, to Adani Green without calling for competitive bids and selecting the most beneficial deal, considering it as a government-to-government proposal.

The cabinet had already considered all aspects of the agreement between the government and Adani Green Energy Ltd and “authorised all the parties to enter into the MoU and to proceed with the required future action”.

According to proposed power purchase agreement, Adani Company has quoted the selling price of wind power unit to be generated by Mannar wind power plant at around $0.14 cents equivalent to around Rs. 46.

The project also included the fixing of three new transformers at Nadukuda grid substation and the laying of the transmission line from the wind power plant to grid substation at a cost of more than double the estimate.

The time period of the public private partnership agreement is 30 years, normally it should be 20 years, a senior official said.

It has been proposed to procure one unit of electricity, from Pooneryn Wind-Solar Hybrid Energy Park, at Rs.46. A total of 234 MW of electricity is generated from the power plant.

The agreements on all other electricity generation projects were signed for 20 years, but the projects of India’s Adani Group had been signed for 30 years.

Adani Green Energy LTD is also eying to take over the contract of laying 173km 400kv transmission line from Kilinochchi to Habarana at an estimated cost of $135 million, he revealed.

(Sunday Times)

Sri Lanka Mirror has learnt from sources close to the project that the proposed rate by Adani is 30% cheaper than the stated Rs 46 and is actually hitting a minimums 10 cents approximate rate. 

The Pricing benefit for the consumers for the proposed Wind Power Project is actually lesser than Fossil Fuel and what it is actually being portrayed by the vested interested parties in the CEB with the Wind Energy Project Saving 50Mn USD+ per annum moving out of Sri Lanka.

The current failed power generation is gobbling up precious dollar resources and is at whopping generation costs of 45-60 SL Rupees or even higher at times. 

CEB has not allowed advent of IPPs where all across the globe including our neighbours like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and India have all invited Independent Power producers (IPPs) and are reaping benefits of competitive tariffs and reliable generation.

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Additional Health Secy. to Court

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Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. Saman Rathnayake who was arrested and remanded over the medicine procurement scandal was escorted to the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court, to provide a confidential or In Camera statement.

Saman Ratnayake, who was interrogated for over seven hours, was arrested at the Criminal Investigation Department last Friday.

He was presented before the Maligakanda court last Saturday.

When the case was called, the magistrate remanded the suspect until March 14, considering the facts presented by the Deputy Solicitor General Lakmini Girihagama.

The suspect thereafter informed court via counsel of his willingness to provide a statement In Camera.

Therefore, the magistrate ordered the suspect to appear before the court on March 4, today, to deliver the confidential statement.

(News 1st)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by News 1st has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Electricity, petroleum supply, declared essential services

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An Extraordinary Gazette has been issued declaring all activities related to the supply of electricity and petroleum products as essential services.

The relevant gazette has been issued by the Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake on Sunday (03) by order of the President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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Fuel price revision likely tonight?

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A fuel price revision is likely to take place tonight (04), as per sources.

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) stated that although the fuel price was slated to be revised at the end of February, the price revision will possibly take place today.

The CPC amends the fuel prices monthly as per the pricing formula. Accordingly, the prices were last revised on January 31, where the prices of octane 92 petrol, octane 95 petrol, super diesel and kerosene were increased.

Against this backdrop, President Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued an Extraordinary Gazette declaring all services connected to the supply of electricity and the supply or distribution of petroleum products and fuel as essential services with effect from 03 March 2024. 

Accordingly, the proclamation states that the services specified have been declared as Essential Public Service considering it necessary that the services provided by any Public Corporation or Government Department or Local Authority or Co-operative Society or any branch thereof being a Department or Corporation or Local Authority or Co-operative Society, which is engaged in provision of the services specified, is essential to the life of the community and is likely to be impeded or interrupted.

In the meantime, the Fuel Distributors’ Association alleges that the CPC has taken steps to incur a usage fee of 35% of the monthly rebate amount received by the fuel distributors. President of the association Shelton Fernando claimed that through this action, it will not be possible for them to even meet the daily expenses for the distribution activities.(adaderana.lk)

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