Sri Lanka’s waste-to-energy power plant delayed by Covid-19 travel restrictions

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ECONOMYNEXT – A waste-to-energy plant under construction north of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has been delayed due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions that had blocked the arrival of specialists from China, said a Minister.

“There has been a delay in the construction of the waste-to-energy power plant in Muthurajawela,” Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told reporters.

“Due to the situation, there has been a delay in the arrival of people from China involved in the construction of this factory.”

The Western Power Company, promoted by Aitken Spence of Sri Lanka, was denied visas to bring in the Chinese experts needed for the project after the airports closed in March.

SriLankan Airlines has since started to fly to Hong Kong.

Sri Lanka is ahead of many countries in curbing the spread of the coronavirus, including Singapore and Korea, and may only be behind a few countries as observers in Vietnam say.

But Sri Lanka has had to impose strict curfews as doctors were initially reluctant to test people outside the hospital, including close contacts and those at high risk.

Sri Lanka now allows citizens stranded abroad to return home.

Vietnam, the world leader in the fight against the coronavirus, also authorized the arrival of essential foreign experts as soon as the domestic cases ceased and the quarantine capacity was released to bring in Vietnamese and students from across the country. sea, observers close to the country said.

Meanwhile, Minister Amaraweera said attempts were underway to remove obstacles to hiring the necessary staff.

“We are going to donate these facilities and in a few months it will be finished,” said Minister Amaraweera.

“We hope to have it completed by the end of the year.”

Western Power Company would process 600 to 800 tonnes of municipal waste per day. The Ceylon Electricity Board will purchase electricity for more than Rs 30 per unit.

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Sri Lanka HNB syndicates R 9 billion loan for waste-to-energy plant

The Hatton National Bank of Sri Lanka has syndicated a Rs 9.0 billion credit facility for the plant. (Colombo / June09 / 2020)


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