5 March 2002 – Jebel Ali-based Aggreko International Power Projects, a business unit of the UK-based power firm Aggreko plc, announced that it has signed four new contracts with Ceylon Electricity Board [CEB] to provide short term temporary power to help relieve ongoing power shortages.
Under the terms of contracts, Aggreko will provide a total of 80 MW across four separate locations: Kosgama (25 MW), Kotugoda (25 MW), Peliyagoda (20 MW) and Ambatale (10 MW ) in and around the capital city of Colombo.
Aggreko said in a statement it would supply a complete range of equipment including generators, transformers, and switchgear as well as the manpower to operate and maintain the equipment.
The first site, Kosgama, has been operational since 22nd of February, with the remaining three sites becoming operational by 12th of March. The contracts are scheduled to run until the middle of the year.
The contracts were awarded to Aggreko as a result of a public tender. This is the third time Aggreko has provided power in Sri Lanka.
The war-torn country, which relies on hydropower for 75 per cent of its electricity , has been suffering from a severe drought. The government has agreed to build a 300 MW power station to address the long-term problem, but analysts believe a further 200 MW of capacity is needed in addition.