Sinohydro China ahead of schedule at Moragahakanda
Key highlights of the project
Sinohydro Corporation China, one of the 25 largest construction
companies of the world are looking at more opportunities in Sri Lanka.
The company which is involved in constructing the second largest dam
in Sri Lanka after Victoria at Moragahakanda multi purpose project to
the value of US $ 252 million is also engaged in several road
development projects in the country.
They were also a partner of the Hambantota harbour development
“We have already opened our Sri Lankan office in Colombo and are
looking at more opportunities from both the government and the private
sector,” said Project Manager, Moragahakanda project for Sinohydro
Corporation of China, Li Shizhong.
He added that one of their key features is the track record of on
time delivery and since being awarded the contract three months ago to
build the Moragahakanda reservoir they are already ahead of schedule.
“The preliminary planning stage has being completed and all other
related infrastructure needed for the project such as warehouse, project
office, bridges, roads and workshop and the residential complex is now
falling into place.”
A roller compacted concrete main dam and two rock filled saddle dams
are being built and the maximum dam height is 65 metres and it would
store 521 million cubic metres of water.
He said that they hope to commence construction in February next year
and the project would be completed by 2016 July.
However with the steady progress we are confident that we could
complete the project well ahead of time,” he said.
Li Shizhong at Moragahakanda
It is expected that the annual agricultural benefits from paddy
cultivation alone as a result of the project would be around US $ 30.1
million while the fresh water fish breeding industry would contribute
around Rs. 1.67 million to the national economy via benefits from this
project. Most importantly, through power generation, the country would
annually save US $ 2.49 billion!
Shizhong said some of the key decisions that the company took was to
maintain the picturesque environment of the area and award every
possible sub-contract to people who were relocated due to the project.
“This has proved very successful and today one can see Sri Lankans
working hand in hand with our staff in perfect harmony,” he said. As in
all their projects all over the world, he said, that safety is a prime
concern. One of the key points they wanted established by this measure
was to make the residents more knowledgeable of the project that is
shaping around them and to give them a better and rich lifestyle.
Sinohydro Corporation, with operations in more than 58 countries, is
a Chinese state-owned hydro-power engineering and construction company.
Some of the local and Chinese staff. Pictures by Shirajiv
It engages in architectural projects, electric power investment,
housing, property and real estate, research and development and design
and manufacture of construction equipment.
Founded in 1955 and based in Beijing, China it is ranked 24th among
the top 225 International Contractors listed by the Engineering News
Currently, Sinohydro has over 241 projects completed or under
construction in 61 countries, with a total contract value of around US $
The Moragahakanda project would benefit many people in several
provinces and would help bring economic prosperity to many provinces.