Broadland – Sri Lanka’s Last Major Hydroelectric Project to be commissioned by 2020.

The New Broadlands Power Plant in Kithulgala being constructed centering on the Maskeliya and Kehelgamu Oya, two main branches of the Kelani River, expects to support the power needs of the country by adding 35 megawatts of power daily to the national grid. The Broadlands Hydro Power Plant which is the last in the series of Laxapana hydro power plants has been halted for 25 years due to environmental concerns.

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Broadland Dam

Broadland Hydropower Project is a 35 MW run-of-the-river hydroelectric complex currently under construction in Kitulgala, Sri Lanka.

The project is expected to be completed in 2020, and will consist of two dams, and a power station further downstream.

It has an estimated annual generation capacity of 126 GWh and the facility will be the country’s Last Major Hydroelectric Project, due to the exhaustion of island-wide hydropower potential.

Approximately 85% of the US$82 million project funding was met via credit arrangements made with the Chinese government, with the rest borne via a loan from the local Hatton National Bank. The construction contract of the project was granted to the China National Electric Equipment Corporation (CNEEC)

Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development, Hon. Ravi Karunanayake reviewed the current progress of the Broadlands Hydropower Project. During the site visit, the Minister gave instructions to expedite the construction works and to commission the power plant as early as possible.

Minister Visits Broadlands

The Secretary to the Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development Dr. Suren Batagoda, the Project Director of Broadlands Hydropower Project Eng. Dr. Kamal Laksiri and many other CEB officials joined in the visit.