Norochcholai plant first phase completed

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The first phase of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant has been completed and will be opened in early February.

Under the first phase of the project, the power plant would provide around 300 MW to the national grid, which is 17% of the consumer requirement.

The second phase of the project has also commenced and it will add 600 MW to the national grid.

“There have been immense obstacles to the development of the country due to the lack of consensus. This is evident when considering the history of the Norochcholai Power Plant Project. I feel that this project had many setbacks on various occasions because people’s needs were shrouded by political expediency,” stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his message for the commencement of the project’s second phase.

The Government of China has provided US$ 455 m for this task, which was initiated in July 2007. The Government has allocated Rs. 300 m.