Chinese firm to supply 36MW generators in Jaffna
[TamilNet, Thursday, 26 June 2008, 15:42 GMT]
A team of Chinese engineers and workers arrived Wednesday at Kaankeasanththu’rai (KKS) harbour direct from China with six high-capacity generators, each capable of producing nearly 6MW, to supply electricity to Jaffna peninsula in accordance to the agreement entered between their firm named North Lanka Private Ltd and the Sri Lankan government, Sri Lanka Electricity Board (SLEB) officials in Chunnakam and Government Agent Jaffna said.
The team of 45 Chinese men, including engineers and workers, was driven with police escort to Jaffna town from KKS harbour.
The base structures to fit the six generators are nearing completion in the SLEB grounds in Chunnaakam and they would be mounted on the bases in the next few days, SLEB officials said.
The Chinese team will be staying in Jaffna peninsula to produce and supply electricity to the entire peninsula besides maintenance and supervision, they added.
The six generators with their combined capacity of producing 36 MW electricity will be sufficient to do away with the current power-cut imposed, the further said.
Until now two private firms, Agrico and Cool Air, have been producing electricity in Jaffna peninsula.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Port Authority Officials in KKS harbour refused to lend their cranes for the unloading of the six generators from the Chinese vessel anchored in their harbour, SLEB sources said.
The Chinese team, however, will use the cranes fitted on their ships to unloading the cargo, SLEB officials said.
Sri Lanka had also entered into an agreement with India to establish a coal-based thermal power plant at Champpoor in Trincomalee district in the Eastern Province.