Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today ceremonially declared open the country's last mass scale power plant, the Upper Kotmale Hydropower Plant with the participation of the Japanese Ambassador Nobihito Hobo.
The US$ 450 million hydropower plant was constructed with the assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The run of river hydropower project consisting of two units of 75 MW will add 150 MW to the national power grid to produce 409GWh energy per year. The first unit commenced operations in March this year.
Construction work on the Upper Kotmale Hydropower Plant was launched in March 2006.
Adressing those gathered at the venue President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed these views.
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