Setting up 20 new solar power plants: Procurement process complete – Dullas
In line with the ‘Saubhagya Dakma,’ the procurement process to set up 20 new solar power plants centred on 20 grid substations in various parts of the country, with a view to enhancing the contribution of renewable energy to the national grid has been completed, Minister of Power, Dullas Alahapperuma said.
It is proposed to construct these solar power plants under five packages, comprising four areas per package. Therefore, Anuradhapura, Madampe, Vavunathivu, Athurugiriya, and Beliatta under package ‘A’, Beliatta, Horana, Polonnaruwa, and Habarana under package ‘B,’ Matara, Galle, Mahiyanganaya, and Veyangoda under package ‘C’ will be set up. It is also proposed to set up these power plants in Ampara, Deniyaya, Kosgama, and Matugama under package ‘D’ and in Pannala, Mahawa, Kurunegala, and Kolonnawa under package ‘E.’
Procurement for these projects has already been done in accordance with the international competitive bidding system. A Discussion Committee appointed by the Department of Finance, Cabinet, and five Technical Evaluation Committees will evaluate the bids.
The Pricing Committee appointed by Cabinet has determined the highest price per unit of electricity generated under procurement and has approved the awarding of tenders to the lowest bidder for the project, on the recommendations of the Technical Evaluation Committee.
Alahapperuma said the construction of these power plants will make a significant contribution to the national power grid with renewable energy and the target of 70 per cent by the year 2023 could be achieved.
He also said as the State Minister for Solar, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development, Duminda Dissanayake is bound to fulfil his responsibility and duty as the Minister in charge of the subject to provide a sustainable, quality, uninterrupted, and affordable supply of electricity to the people, adding that it will be possible to provide a more concessionary service to the people.