Sri Lanka’s first waste-to-energy plant was officially launched today in Kerawalapitiya by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The power plant is expected to generate 10 megawatts using 700 tonnes of waste per day and will operate by collecting waste from the region. More than 3,500 tonnes of household waste are produced daily. In the absence of a waste-to-energy plant, municipal solid waste will accumulate in landfills, polluting both groundwater and the environment. The waste-to-energy plant will incinerate this waste, supplied by the Colombo City Hall. 600 to 800 tonnes of waste will be treated each day and electricity supplied to the national grid.
Opening of a waste-to-energy plant
Sri Lanka’s first waste-to-energy power plant, which provides a lasting solution to both the city’s waste problem and the energy problem, was launched by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Kerawalapitiya yesterday morning (17).
The waste-to-energy plant will incinerate the waste supplied by the Colombo City Council (approximately 600 to 800 tonnes per day) and the electricity produced will be supplied to the national grid. This project is part of the Mégapole Région Ouest Plan.
The unconventional renewable energy produced by the project is compatible with the NCRE objectives set by the Ministry of Energy and Energy. Additionally, the power plant was fully aligned with global benchmarks for social, environmental and sustainability governance during construction and is expected to exceed these standards during operation.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a message, said that the solid waste management process in Colombo city has been going on for a long time and faces various challenges. The Kerawalapitiya Waste-to-Energy project, which was initiated as a result of continued efforts to address this issue, is unique. It is an important step in the solid waste management process not only in the city of Colombo, but throughout the country.
Energy Minister Dullas Alaopheruma said in a message that it is the intention of the Energy Ministry to find a lasting solution to the problem of waste management, which is a complex and long-term problem. . By generating renewable, profitable energy from something that would otherwise cause stench and disgust, we have provided an elegant solution to an age-old problem.
Waste disposal has become a serious problem, particularly in the Western Province, where more than 3,500 tonnes of household waste is produced daily. In the
In the absence of a waste-to-energy plant, municipal solid waste will accumulate in landfills, polluting both groundwater and the environment.
Energy Minister Alaaderuma praised the Ceylon Electricity Board, Colombo City Council, Aitken Spence PLC and all who provided strength, power and courage to make the Kerawalapitiya solid waste power plant a reality.
The residual ash (bottom ash) from the incineration of waste is reused to produce concrete blocks for the building, while the fumes undergo a special catalytic treatment to remove all harmful particles before being discharged via a 60mm chimney. m high. These stack emissions will be tested regularly to ensure compliance with the stipulations of the Central Environment Authority. The power plant will also be monitored under a rigorous social and environmental management system in its operations. Aitken Spence has made an investment of approx. Rs. 15 billion via the Western Power Company (WPC) in the project initiated with the Ceylon Electricity Board and with the mediation of the Colombo City Council.
Ministers CB Rathnayake, Mahinda Amaraweera, Ministers of State Duminda Dissanayake, Nalaka Godahewa, Nimal Lanza, Seetha Arambepola, Governor of Western Province Marshal of the Air Force Roshan Gunathilake, Mayor of Colombo Rosy Senanayake and President of Colombo Aitken Spence PLC Deshamanya DHS Jayawardena attended the event.