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MoU for India-Sreelanka under sea 400KV power link will delayed

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India-Lanka under se power linkThe signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to lay the undersea power transmission link between Sri Lanka and India is likely to be delayed further. It was planned that, during first phase, Sri Lanka would purchase 500 Megawatts of electricity from South India “where there is surplus of energy from nuclear and coal power plants, till 2018. After 2018, Sri Lanka would have an excess supply of electricity, which will be sold to India,”

Meanwhile, Sreelanka is in a dilemma since south India is really facing acute power shortage. CEB Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) told The Nation that there is a grave danger in implementing this project.“There would be less number of electricity generation projects set up in the country, if the undersea transmission link project is implemented. Which means we will be depending on India to supply electricity to the country,” he said.

He explained that in South India, there was a huge shortage of power and usually there were five to 10-hour power cuts per day. “We are concerned how India would generate electricity to supply to Sri Lanka. Until they solve their electricity problem, they might not be able to sell it to Sri Lanka,” he pointed out.

He further said that it is costly to send electricity through a cable: “It would be better for Sri Lanka to import the coal and produce electricity in the country instead,” he suggested. The undersea transmission link project will be implemented by the Indian state-run Power Grid Corporation within a period of 40 months.

A spokesperson for the Sreelankan Power and Energy Ministry said that there is a delay in signing the MoU between the two governments, and thus the laying of the undersea cable will take place next year.

“The Indian delegation had not given an exact date for their arrival to sign the MoU. Therefore, we had to postpone the signing till next year. Hopefully, it will be signed in January,” he said. According to the official, the estimated cost of the whole project amounts to US$ 450 million and it is set to commence in 2009 and expected to be completed by 2012.

The pre-undersea or marine survey for the proposed project is expected to be completed in six months. The cable survey will look into the traffic of ships in the area, depth of sea, earthquake zones and volcanic active zones as well as the presence of sharks in that area of sea. The link is likely to connect Madurai in Tamil Nadu and Anuradhapura. The transmission line is expected to be 400 kV High Voltage Direct Current overhead lines from Madurai to the Indian coast near Rameshwaram.

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