Sampur flagged off as inefficient but CEB denies claims

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An official of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) denied that the Sampur power plant has 6% less efficiency than the Norochcholai power plant and insisted that the details still need to be finalised. CEB Corporate Strategy Division Additional General Manager Bandula Thilakasena answering to questions posed by the Daily FT during the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) organised seminar, dismissed reports that the Sampur Power Plant would be less efficient that its Chinese-built counterpart. “These are issues that will be discussed at the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) stage. The plans for the power plant have not yet been finalised and we are still having discussions,” he insisted strenuously, denying that the Sampur project would be less efficient. He claimed that tenders would be called on the project despite reports to the contrary that since it is an Indian government-sponsored project, the construction company has already been assigned the project. Earlier former Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka went on record stating that the Sampur project was 6% less efficient than Norochcholai and also insisted that the first phase of the latter could have been made more productive.