Mega power supply project for North
COLOMBO: The Government has launched a mega power project to
rehabilitate electricity transmission lines from Kilinochchi to Jaffna
for the provision of an uninterrupted electricity supply to the Northern
The Power and Energy Ministry will commence the restoration of the
132 KV transmission line from Kilinochchi to Jaffna including the
construction of a 132 KV grid substation at Chunnakam, a Power and
Energy Ministry spokesman told the Daily News yesterday.
The Ministry will upgrade and renovate the protection schemes of 220
KV relays and transformers under the Kilinochchi-Chunnakam Transmission
Project, he said.
The Cabinet approved Power and Energy Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne's
memorandum to implement this mega power project.
According to the Minister, the project's total estimated cost is
nearly Rs. 2575.1 million. KFW of Germany will provide Rs. 1,687 million
while the Ceylon Electricity Board will allocate Rs. 888 million. Two
loan agreements have been signed between KFW and the Finance Ministry,
The international competitive bidding procedure as per KFW Guidelines
will be adopted for the procurement and the selection of the consultant.
Meanwhile, the Government has launched a series of power projects to
expand the country's electricity supply to reach 90 per cent of the
population in its ambitious programme of "Electricity for All" by Year
2010". Only 75 per cent of country's population receive electricity at
present, he said.
In a bid to achieve this target, 426 rural electrification projects
are being commissioned in Sabaragamuwa, North Western, Central and
Southern Provinces with Chinese Government funding under the Ministry's
"Ratnapradeepa Rural Electricity Project".
Another flagship Millennium Electricity project has also been
commenced with funding by the US Government targeting 450 rural
electrification projects selected countrywide including the North and
East. Further 630 rural power projects are also in progress under ADB