Mulls plants in Bangladesh, Indonesia:
Ace Power to venture overseas
Ace Power, a subsidiary of Aitken Spence is looking at setting up
power plants in Bangladesh and Indonesia. “We are looking at setting up
a 150 megawatt power plant in Bangladesh,” Assistant Vice President
(Operations) Aitken Spence Power, Roshan De Seram said. The company has
forwarded proposals to Indonesia and Bangladesh and they are expecting a
Engineers at the Embilipitiya Ace Power plant Picture by
Ace Power is currently supplying power from their plants in
Embilipitiya, (100 megawatts) Horana (20 megawatts) and Matara (20
megawatts) to the National Grid.
“We are also looking at opportunities in Sri Lanka especially in the
North-East,” he said. The investment for the Embilipitiya power plant is
Rs 8 billion.
Meanwhile the cost of transporting the Heavy Furnace Oil (HFO) one of
the biggest overheads is expected to be drastically reduced once the
Ruhunu Magampura Port oil bunkering facilities is operational.
“We need 550 tonnes of HFO daily to keep the plant operational and
there is a fleet of fuel carriers plying between Colombo and
Embilipitiya causing heavy transport costs, delays due to traffic and
various other problems and hardships to other road users.
Once the oil bunkering facilities at the Ruhunu Magampura port are
operational, our transport costs will be drastically reduced giving the
company a 30 percent saving as the port is only 70 kilometres from
This will be passed on to the people, benefiting them immensely,” Ace
Power Embilipitiya Administration Manager R Annesley Rebeira said.
According to Ace Power Embilipitiya Maintenance Manager T K De Costa,
the emission control system in operation at the power plant is 99.5
percent effective. “We keep the plant under constant emission level
monitoring and every three months the plant is issued a certificate by
the MBRO,” De Costa said. The plant is situated on a 44 acres of land on
a 33-year lease on the Middeniya Road, Embilipitiya. It uses 14
generators manufactured by Caterpillar.
“The total HFO consumption per day for all 14 generators is 550
tonnes. We have obtained ISO 9001 and have applied for ISO 50001:2011,”
De Costa said.
“The power we generate here at Embilipitiya is released to the
National Grid as per their requirements. The demand for diesel
electricity is reduced in times of heavy rain and then we have to turn
some generators off to control the supply.
But, as the capabilities of the Embilipitiya Receiving Station are
limited, we are somewhat hindered in supplying our full output to the
National Grid,” Ace Power Electrical Manager Malkosh Wanigasekera said.
Ace Power is also making a huge contribution to environmental