Chinese firm sets record straight on Norchocholai coal power plant

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China Machinery Engineering Corporation, the contractor of the Norochcholai coal power plant yesterday issued a statement clarifying its stand on the contentious breakdowns. Following is the full text of the statement issued by Wang Ludong, Site Manager of Puttalam Coal Power Project, China Machinery Engineering Corporation At the initiation, in October 2005, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of Puttalam Coal Power Project was signed between Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) as the Employer and Contractor respectively. In March 2006, the Contract Agreement of 1x300MW Puttalam Coal Power Project facilitating the Transmission Line and Coal Jetty was signed. The construction works of the project commenced in the month of July 2007 and was completed and handed over to the CEB in July 2011. Recently, certain media reports indicated that CEB was discussing with CMEC regarding a transfer of the power plant or a handover of the operations of the power plant to CMEC. We hereby wish to clarify that there is no truth to this. CMEC has never and will not request to take over the power plant or the operations of the power plant nor has CEB ever requested to transfer the power plant or the operations of the power plant to CMEC. CMEC strongly believes that the Puttalam Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai is the most significant property that belongs to the CEB and holds the most valuable assets of the nation of Sri Lanka, benefiting every citizen of the country. CMEC sincerely believes that the Puttalam Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai is the most important energy supply in the country and hence it is of significant indispensability to the improvement of Sri Lankan people’s living standards and the development of the economy of Sri Lanka. CMEC shall dedicate its service and distribute all its efforts along with long-term technical support to CEB, not only for the stable operation of the Puttalam Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai, but also for the promotion of the friendly and cooperative relations between China and Sri Lanka. Founded in 1978, the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) is the first large Engineering and Trade Company in China. Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the company’s core business is engineering contracting, integrating trade, research and development and international services. The conglomerate has evolved into a world renowned engineering contractor ranked amongst China’s top ten contractors by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, through their business turnover from overseas contracting projects. CMEC’s international projects include thermal and hydropower, completing work in countries such as Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, Middle East, Africa, Sweden and the USA. CMEC has extended its business reach to more than 150 countries and regions in the field of international engineering contracting and international trade. The contracting business involves a broad range of areas such as electrical power, transportation, electronic communication, housing and architecture, plant construction, environmental protection, mining and resource exploration.