Sri Lanka’s first waste-to-energy plant was launched in Kerawalapitiya, by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of Energy Dullas Alaaderuma, Mayor of Colombo, Rosy Senanayake and other guests.
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, (WPC), a subsidiary of Aitken Spence PLC, was selected as part of this tender process and was the only company to complete the project among a few. . Aitken Spence has since invested around Rs. 15 billion for the project.
In addition, 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, was appointed owner’s engineer.
|The waste-to-energy power plant|
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said âThe solid waste management process in Colombo city has been going on for a long time and faces various challenges. The Kerawalapitiya Waste-to-Energy project, which was initiated as a result of continued efforts to address this issue, is unique. It is an important step in the process of solid waste management not only in the city of Colombo, but throughout Sri Lanka. ”
Aitken Spence PLC Chairman Harry Jayawardena said: âAs a diverse conglomerate, we have always taken a phased 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 finally 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.
Energy Minister Dullas Alaaderuma said: âThe intention of the Energy Ministry is to find a lasting solution to the problem of waste management which is a complex and long-term problem. By generating renewable, profitable energy from something that would otherwise cause stench and disgust, we have provided an elegant solution to an age-old problem.
Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake said in her post: âBy implementing this waste-to-energy project, Colombo City Council has been able to achieve a long-term sustainable and environmentally friendly solution for waste solids collected in the city of Colombo. â.
The waste-to-energy plant will supply 10 MW of electricity to the national grid, which is part of the Megalopolis 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.
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.