The Sri Lankan government says that construction work on a proposed 500 MW coal power plant in Sampur in Trincomalee is to commence by the end of the year.
The proposed Sampur coal power plant is a joint venture project between the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Indian government.
Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka has said that bids for the project would be called internationally within three months.
The power generation is to be linked to the national grid in 2017. The joint venture will cost US$ 500 million.
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