Sri Lanka’s plentiful supply of coastal winds is being harnessed to supply the island’s growing power requirements.
A recent contract to provide complete logistics services for a new wind power plant on the North West coast of Sri Lanka is the third logistics contract awarded to Agility for wind power projects in Sri Lanka.
“Agility has provided logistics services for the majority of wind power projects in the country due to the extensive global experience and expertise we possess in this sector,” says Agility CEO and Director for Sri Lanka, Kalum Amarasekara. “The company is focusing on the continuous development of a specialized resource and talent pool to serve the growing demand from the wind power industry.”
Historically, Hydro-electric has been Sri lanka’s mainstay source of power but all eyes are now on wind to meet the island’s growing demand for power. The first wind farm was commissioned in 1999 at Hambantota on the south east coast. The US Department of Energy’s NREL laboratory published a report in 2003 identifying potential locations for development in Sri Lanka and estimated over 20,000 megawatts of wind potential. The island has two monsoon periods when winds are highest: the southwest monsoon from May to October and the northeast monsoon from December to February.
In recent years private sector investment has led the way in the country’s wind power development and Sri lanka’s first commercial wind energy plant, The 10 megawatts Senok Wind Power, was commissioned in March 2010 at Puttalam on the island's north western coast.
Agility’s latest contract is for Nirmalapura Wind Power (Pvt) Ltd, which is part of a group of foresighted companies investing in alternative energy in Sri Lanka. Among Agility’s other clients and part of the same investment group, are Seguwantivu Wind Power (Pvt) Ltd and Vidatamunai Wind Power (Pvt) Ltd, whose two 10 megawatts plants on the coast of Puttalam represent the largest wind power projects in the country to date. These use 25 wind turbine generators imported from Spain.
These two sites alone have removed about 40,000 metric tons per annum of carbon dioxide emissions compared to conventional thermal generation using diesel or coal. In addition to the benefits that the country is receiving from reduced dependency on fossil fuels, the community has benefited from extensive improvements made by the developers to the roads, the grid infrastructure, and community services to the residents of the area.
The latest contract awarded to Agility is a 10 Megawatts array at Kalpitiya in the Puttalam district. When completed it will have seven turbines each producing 1.5 megawatts of power.