Sunday, March 25, 2012

Private Power Generation in Sri Lanka

There was a Jack Point post on CEB (Ceylon Electricity Board) losses and payments to private Power. I was skeptical that the percentage of private power was that significant. N pointed out a link to on the CEB losses were correct.  I was now curious, how much of private thermal power generation was there in Sri Lank.

I dont have an issue with the private hydro power, but private Thermal can be issue specially if foreign owned (if foreign owned then SL e would be twice f#%&*d, once while paying for imported oil, second when profits get repatriated.)

First off tried to get a list of Thermal Power Stations and then find out ownership.  . There were two sources, the Power Stations Wiki  and policy analysis report, but the two reports were slightly different.   Then came across the CEB 2008 report, which had a wealth of information. Kudos to the CEB for a really great report, unhappily no reports online after 2008. Based on the information (pg 14 &21), provided, below is the list of Private and CEB Thermal Power generation plants. There are 10 Private and 6 CEB Thermal Power Plants.   Total capacity all Thermal power plants were 1270 MW, with Private and CEB sharing 57% and 43% respectively.  Total generated power in 2008 was 5770 GWh with Private and CEB sharing 64% and 36% respectively. (Table below is sortable, click on header to sort).
The whole private thermal power ownership is a maze.  Here is some of what I managed to tease out before I gave up.
ACE Power: DEG (German Investment and Development Organisation ) 26% and Aitken Spence Power
AES Power: AES Corporation (also has Indian Arm) and Hayleys  (see here)
Agrico Pvt: .  Maybe part of US based Aggreko (see here and here)
West Coast Power:  As Tharindu de Silva says Yugadanavi is the name of the power plant, owned by  Lakdhanavi  but the foreign loan lending counties wanted the government guarantee for the loan. (Other link here )
There is also  Report on Electricity Tariff Rates in South Asia  and to me the two take home points were that
  • a) GDP 2005/per unit in Sri Lanka (9.5) was better than India (5.1). I dont know what percentage of electricity in India is consumed by Industry compared to household. I suspect in  India Industry usage is probably greater than in Sri Lanka (1%). 
  • Tariff rates were the highest in South Asia. 


  1. You done some good research here, wish the CEB would publish its reports frequently.

    I'm advocating a return to daylight saving time (push the clock one hour forward) as a starting point to saving power.

    Rationalising the telco networks would generate some good savings as well, there is huge duplication of infrastructure due to regulatory failure. The wireless systems (mobile and fixed) consume a lot of power, a lot could be saved if infrastructure were shared, which is what the TRC should doing instead of building towers.

  2. Thanks Jack Point.
    I am going to leave looking at Telco's for some other time. Did spend quite a bit of time looking into the IPP's.