Ninety six percent of the construction of the Upper Kotmale hydro power plant which will generate 150 megawatts of electricity has been completed.
It already generates 75 megawatts and 150 megawatts will be added to the national grid by this June, Power and Energy Ministry sources said. Work on the power plant project commenced in 2006 to meet the increasing demand for electricity. The Japanese Government provided 37,817 million yen for the project. The Ceylon Electricity Board spent Rs 8,548 million.
The Upper Kotmale tunnel of 12.9kms, which is the longest in Sri Lanka was opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in November 2010.
All measures are in place to generate 409 gigawatts annually with a permanent capacity of 150 megawatts. The entire generating power procedure will be done on an eco-friendly manner.
All measures are in place to add the electricity generated by the Upper Kotmale Hydro Power Plant to the national grid within the first two weeks of next month.