The Norochcholai coal power plan will not be sold to the Chinese, Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said today.
She said this while inspecting the coal power plant in Puttalam for the first time since being appointed as the new Power and Energy Minister recently.
The Minister said that the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is operating at a loss and the treasury has asked the board to increase the cost of electricity charged from consumers in order to cushion the losses.
However the Minister said that putting the burden on the public at this moment is not the best option and as a result the only other way is to produce cheap electricity.
She noted that the Norochcholai coal power plant provides the national grid cheap electricity and so there was no way the government will sell the project to the Chinese or any other party.
The Minister also met officials from the Chinese company who are working at the power plant and thanked them for the work they were doing.
The Norochcholai coal power plant was constructed using financial assistance from China and is maintained by Chinese and local engineers. (Colombo Gazette)