First Bio Gas Plant To Be Set Up In Matara

The first bio gas power plant in Sri Lanka with an investment of Rs. 64 million would be built in Matara District and would add 400 KW to the national grid, Power and Energy Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said.

He told recently that operations would kick start in October, where 400 kilowatts out of 50 tons of garbage. Alhapperuma added: “We believe this project would an ideal solution to put an an end to garbage. Today, this garbage problem has become a problem countrywide. We are launching the first project to generate electricity from biomass using waste from Matara.”
Minister inspected the proposed garbage project to be constructed in the Kotawila area in the Matara District on Sunday. The project is being jointly implemented by the Matara District Municipal Council and the Central Environmental Authority (CEA). CEA has issued environmental permits for the project and has invested Rs. 64 million in the construction of the project.
The Ceylon Electricity Board(CEB) has already issued certificates of purchase of electricity and the Municipal Council has made all arrangements in this regard under the Waste Management Project. Minister said that a biodegradable waste collection programme will be implemented covering the entire district and the project will be implemented using the waste obtained from it.
He also said that the first project to generate electricity using garbage will be launched in the Hendala area in the Gampaha District in February. The event was attended by senior officials from the Central Environmental Authority, Matara Municipal Council, Ceylon Electricity Board and Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority.