Wind power to generate 30 MW, first and largest wind farm in Sri Lanka

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will inaugurate the wind farm next Monday at Mampuri in the Puttalam District. The first phase of the wind power project would generate 10 MW.

Addressing a press conference in Colombo on Wednesday, Senok Trade Combine Limited, Promotions and Plantations Director Harin Philip De Costa, said world renowned wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy Ltd. (SUEL IN) was involved in the manufacture of the wind turbines.

He said that they were the agent for Suzlon in Sri Lanka since 2001 and they were striving to establish wind power as an environmentally friendly and promising technological source of power generation. In December 2008, the company signed a Small Power Purchase Agreement (SPPA) with the Ceylon Electricity Board.

De Coasta said the company had a harmonious relationship with the residents of Mampuri, Narakkaliya, Nawakkadu and Daluwa villages. On the part of the company they intend to carry out several projects, such as the development of pre-schools, the construction of a maternity clinic and a play ground.

The wind power project is expected to be completed and fully operational within the next few weeks. Senok Group, since its inception in 1979 as a Travel Agency, has now diversified into construction machinery, automobiles, tea, mining, hydro power, and most recently into wind energy.

The Group’s interest in wind power goes back to 1998 when it responded to the government’s call to establish a 30 MW wind power project. Senok was the only bidder at the time. However, on a technicality, this project was not awarded.

Courtesy : The Island