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Raigam expands with Kuchchaveli saltern


Dr Liyanage

The Raigam Eastern Salt Company in Kuchchaveli, Trincomalee will target a production of 50,000 metric tons per annum with an investment of Rs 550 million, Raigam Group Chairman and CEO Dr. Ravi Liyanage told Daily News Business.

Dr Liyanage said the development of the saltern was started in October 2009. Thirty percent of the construction has already been completed and the rest will be completed by 2012. The saltern, in extent of 1,900 acres will be double the size of the existing largest saltern in Sri Lanka.

It will provide 1,500 employment opportunities to the people in the area after completion. Already in the construction phase 150 employment opportunities have been provided.

Going in line with salt manufacturing the excess production of salt will be utilized to set up a chemical plant to produce chlorine, caustic soda, soda ash and HCL which are at present entirely imported to the country spending a substantial amount of foreign exchange. Through this initiative Raigam endeavours to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient not only in salt but in salt-based chemicals also saving millions of foreign exchange that is being drained out of the country at present.

Dr. Liyanage said there is a good potential and capacity to promote tourism coupled with the saltern, which will be the secondary objective of the project.

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