Construction work of the Broadlands Hydropower Project will commence under the patronage of Power and Energy Minister Mrs. Pavithra Wanniarachchi and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa on Monday, 15th July. The plant will add 35 megawatt to the national grid.
The Plant will be constructed at Kithulgala, about 93 km north-east of Colombo, and when completed it expects to generate 126 GWh of electrical energy annually.
Officials of the Ministry of Power and Energy said that this project which is a run-of-river type project planned to build on the Kelani River is the last of the series of hydropower plants of Laxapana.
The objective of commencing the project is to make greater use of renewable hydroelectric resources and diversify sources of electricity generation of the grid; to reduce the emission of greenhouse gas (GHG) compared to business-as –usual scenario, to provide employment opportunities to the local people during the project construction and operation phase and to meet increasing demand of electricity and improve investment atmosphere of local community
They said that the 24-meter high and 114-meter long dam will be constructed across the Kelani River in Kithulgala in the Nuwara Eliya District and the power plant will be established in Yatiyanthota in Kegalle district. The tunnel of the complex will be 3.5 kilometers long and 5.4 meters in diameter.
The project is estimated to cost US$ 82 million, 85% of which is financed by China Commercial & Industrial Bank and the remaining 15% is to be borne by the government with a loan from the Hatton National Bank (Info Dept)