US firm and Sri Lanka sign controversial LNG deal

US based New Fortress Energy and the Sri Lankan Government have signed a controversial Liquefied natural gas (LNG) deal.

New Fortress Energy said that they have executed a definitive agreement for New Fortress’ investment in West Coast Power Limited (“WCP”), the owner of the 310 MW Yugadanavi Power Plant based in Kerawalapitiya, along with the rights to develop a new LNG Terminal off the coast of Colombo.

Some Government Ministers had raised concerns over the proposed deal, even before it was signed.

As part of the transaction, New Fortress said it will have gas supply rights to the Kerawalapitya Power Complex, where 310 MW of power is operational today and an additional 700 MW scheduled to be built, of which 350 MW is scheduled to be operational by 2023.

New Fortress will acquire a 40% ownership stake in WCP and plans to build an offshore liquified natural gas (LNG) receiving, storage and regasification terminal located off the coast of Colombo. New Fortress will initially provide the equivalent of an estimated 1.2 million gallons of LNG (~35,000 MMBtu) per day to the GOSL, with the expectation of significant growth as new power plants become operational.

The 310 MW Yugadanavi Power Plant currently has a long-term power purchase agreement to provide electricity to the national grid that extends through 2035. This power plant consists of General Electric turbines and is configured to run on natural gas in combined cycle.

“This is a significant milestone for Sri Lanka’s transition to cleaner fuels and more reliable, affordable power,” said Wes Edens, Chairman and CEO of New Fortress Energy. “We are pleased to partner with Sri Lanka by investing in modern energy infrastructure that will support sustainable economic development and environmental gains.”

The Kerawalapitya Power Complex is the foundation of the baseload power that serves the country’s population of 22 million people. Delivering cleaner and cheaper fuels to Sri Lanka will support the country’s growth for years to come.

The Terminal is expected to begin operations in 2023.

New Fortress Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: NFE) is a global energy infrastructure company founded to help accelerate the world’s transition to clean energy. The company funds, builds and operates natural gas infrastructure and logistics to rapidly deliver fully integrated, turnkey energy solutions that enable economic growth, enhance environmental stewardship and transform local industries and communities. (Colombo Gazette)

4 COMMENTS

    • Tell me one developed country of Brown or black people? South Asians are not wise when it comes to geopolitics. Sri Lankans who fought the Asia’s longest brutal civil war for decades think that they are wiser than Westerners and Chinese :—)))

      I have a very good assessment about South Asians, but do not want to share on public forums. I will never marry one of them, never live among them and never accept a position even if they offer a high profile job. Because impossible to guide utter fools.

      If you try hard, foolish South Asians will eliminate you. Think about Gandhi, and Sri Lankan leaders who got assassinated. You are leader, but you not assassinated; it means you are not trying hard, but going with the flow. If you try hard, foolish South Asian will assassinate you; if they fail to kill you, the West will do it :—)))

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