Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Sri Lanka awards China $12 million contract to build renewable energy system in Jaffna

The Sri Lankan government has awarded a contract to a Chinese based joint venture, to install a hybrid renewable energy system in three islands of the coast of Jaffna, at a cost of USD $12 million.

The contract forms a part of the Supporting Electricity Supply Reliability Improvement Project, which is being implemented by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) but is directly funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

MS/Sinosoar-Ethechwin will install hybrid energy systems in Nainativu, Neduntheevu (Delft Island) and Analaitivu. Sri Lanka's Power and Energy Minister Dullas Alahapperuma claimed wind power generating 1700 kv and solar amounting 530 kv would be connected to the national grid under the project.

Read more at the Colombo Gazette here and The Island here.

China in Sri Lanka

Recent months have seen China continue to be awarded large scale projects by the Sri Lankan state. 

Last month, the Sri Lankan government said it was in talks with the Chinese government to construct a new maximum-security prison. Also last year, Sri Lanka’s state-owned Bank of Ceylon entered a long-term facility with the China Development Bank, the largest development financial organisation in the world, for USD $140 million, as Colombo’s economic crisis worsened amidst piling debt repayments.

According to official data from August 2020, China owns approximately 10 % of Sri Lanka’s foreign debt.

Land grabs on the islets

Newly constructed Buddhist Shrine in Nainativu

The Sri Lankan state has frequently enagged in land grabs across the Tamil homeland, including the islets of the Jaffna peninsula. Last year the Sri Lankan archaeology department seized land in Neduntheevu (Delft Island), claiming it contains a ruined Buddhist monastery complex.

Sri Lanka’s government has been accused of concealing colonisation schemes under the guise of ‘archaeology’, seizing acres of lands across the North-East. The Sri Lankan military were extensively involved in the construction of a Buddhist vihara at Nainativu . The islet has been a under intense Sinhalisation , with the Sri Lankan government attempting to change the name of the Jaffna islet from ‘Nainativu’ in Tamil to ‘Nagadeepa’ in Sinhala.

The Sri Lankan Navy had previously opened military run resorts, encouraging Buddhist pilgrims to come and visit the newly constructed Buddhist temple on the islet.



We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.

For more ways to donate visit https://donate.tamilguardian.com.