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India, Sri Lanka joint panel meet to take grid connectivity further

India and Sri Lanka’s joint working committee on the power sector will likely meet this month to further discuss grid interconnectivity and renewable energy collaboration, Minister of Power and Energy of Sri Lanka, Kanchana Wijesekera told Economic Times India.

The two countries have been planning to connect their grid to trade power for almost two decades, but the deliberations have picked up pace in the last few years amid green energy ambitions of the countries.

Technical reports are already being discussed with the officials from India’s Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Power Grid Corporation of India and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), ET had reported earlier.

“Investment decisions are yet to be made for which we want to appoint consultants. The consultants will be appointed from both ends. I would say a common consulting firm to understand the financial requirements and agree on the investment, and how the investment is going to take place,” he said.

Discussions will also take place on ongoing projects, especially the solar energy project, where India’s NTPC Ltd is in partnership with the Ceylon Electricity Board. Power purchase agreements on the first phase of the 130-MW power project could be signed soon, he said.

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