SL hopes to export power to Singapore soon – Duminda

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By Thameenah Razeek

In a surprising turn of events, State Minister of Solar Power, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development Duminda Dissanayake said, the State Ministry hopes to export power to Singapore soon, while the country is battling the worst energy crisis in its history. 

Addressing the media at the Presidential Media Centre yesterday (31), he said Minister of Energy Pavithra Wanniarachchi had signed the relevant Cabinet Paper to export power. 

The State Minister said an investor has registered with the Ministry, claiming he can produce 5,000 MW of power offshore; adding 1,000 MW to the national grid while exporting 4,000 MW to Singapore. 

Currently, the Samanalawewa reservoir has 12.6 per cent of water from its total capacity, while the Kotmale reservoir has a capacity of 19 per cent, Castlereagh has a capacity of 7.9 per cent, and Maussakelle has a capacity of 27 per cent.

At the same media briefing, Minister Wanniarachchi said the Government is taking steps to build necessary power plants to fulfil the country’s electricity demand.