(MENAFN – Colombo Gazette)
Sri Lanka’s first waste-to-energy power plant was launched today in Kerawalapitiya.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Minister of Power Dullas Alaaderuma, Governor of Western Province, Marshal of the Sri Lanka Air Force, Roshan Goonetileke, Mayor of Colombo, Rosy Senanayake, Chairman of Aitken Spence PLC, Deshamanya DHS Jayawardena and others Dignitaries attended the event.
The growing problem of waste disposal was addressed by the Colombo City Council which issued a tender for the implementation of an environmentally acceptable and sustainable mechanism for the disposal of municipal solid waste.
Western Power Company (Pvt.) Ltd, a subsidiary of Aitken Spence PLC, was selected through a competitive bidding process and was the only company to complete the project among a few.
Aitken Spence has since spearheaded the implementation of the project, and its operation is the culmination of years of careful planning and an investment of around Rs. 15 billion.
In addition, the Western Power Company (WPC) has entered into a Waste Supply Agreement (WSA) with the CMC and a Standardized Power Purchase Agreement (SPPA) with the Ceylon Electricity Board, for a term of 20 years. in 2017.
WPC has also contracted with a leading Chinese engineering company to design, build and transfer a modern waste incineration plant. Renowned engineering consultancy, Ramboll AG, headquartered in Denmark, has been appointed owner’s engineer.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in his greeting message said that the solid waste management process in Colombo city has been going on for a long time and faces various challenges.
âThe Kerawalapitiya Waste-to-Energy project, which was launched as a result of continued efforts to address this issue, is unique. It is an important step in the solid waste management process not only in the city of Colombo, but throughout Sri Lanka. I congratulate the Colombo City Council for their pioneering support for this project, and the Aitken Spence group for their financial support and the implementation of the project, the Ministry of Energy and the Ceylon Electricity Board, âhe said. declared.
Energy Minister Dullas Alaopheruma said in his message that it is the intention of the Energy Ministry to find a lasting solution to the problem of waste management which is a complex and long-term problem.
âBy generating renewable, profitable energy from something that would otherwise cause stench and disgust, we have provided an elegant solution to a centuries-old problem. As Minister of Energy, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Minister of Energy. Ceylan Electricity Board, Colombo City Council, Aitken Spence PLC and all those who provided strength, power and courage to make the Kerawalapitiya solid waste power plant a reality, âhe said.
Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake said in her post that by implementing the Waste-to-Energy Project, Colombo City Council was able to achieve a long-term sustainable and environmentally friendly solution for waste solids collected in the city of Colombo.
Speaking about this landmark project, Aitken Spence PLC Chairman Deshamanya Harry Jayawardena said, âAs a diverse conglomerate, we have always taken a progressive approach to investing. This business is guided by the principles of sustainability, responsible business management and progress through innovation and development. It gives me great pleasure to see years of meticulous planning and hard work come to fruition. This power plant will give Sri Lankans access to clean and reliable energy, help beautify the city and hopefully set a trend for clean and renewable energy sources.
Waste disposal has become a serious problem, particularly in the Western Province, where more than 3,500 tonnes of household waste is produced daily. In the absence of a waste-to-energy power plant, municipal solid waste will accumulate in landfills, polluting both groundwater and the environment. The waste-to-energy plant will incinerate this waste, supplied by the Colombo town hall. 600 to 800 MT of waste will be treated each day and electricity supplied to the national grid.
In line with Aitken Spence’s philosophy of sustainability, social responsibility and environmental stewardship, the plant will incorporate the latest technologies to ensure clean energy and minimal impact on the environment.
Residual ash (bottom ash) from waste incineration is reused to produce concrete blocks for the building, while the fumes undergo a special catalytic treatment to remove all harmful particles before being discharged through a 60mm chimney. m high. These stack emissions will be tested regularly to ensure compliance with the stipulations of the Central Environment Authority. The company carried out environmental and social impact assessments at several stages before and during the construction of the power plant with inspections carried out by independent external parties. The power plant will also be monitored under a rigorous social and environmental management system in its operations.
The waste-to-energy plant will supply 10 MW of electricity to the national grid, which is part of the Megapolis plan for the western region. The unconventional renewable energy produced by the project is compatible with the NCRE objectives set by the Ministry of Energy and Energy. Additionally, the power plant was fully aligned with global benchmarks for social, environmental and sustainability governance during construction and is expected to exceed these standards during operation.
It is to the merit of the management of Aitken Spence Power, China Western Power Industrial Co., Ltd. and the consultant Ramboll AG, that this project was carried out despite numerous unforeseen events beyond the control of management.
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