Plans for a Indian-built coal-fired power plant to be constructed in Sri Lanka, at its strategic eastern port city of Trincomalee, was cancelled in mid May 2016. The two countries will instead opt for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant, according to a Sri Lankan cabinet minister.
and more of opposition by the residents of Sampur, a village near Trincomalee, is seen as a catalyst to abandon plans and switch to LPG according to B.M.S. Batagoda, the energy ministry secretary.
Estimated cost for building the coal power plant project. Plans were finalised in 2011, when state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and India's state-run National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC) agreed to form a joint venture for its construction.
Coal-fired plants in Sri Lanka. The 900 MW capacity plant was built with a $1.4 billion loan from China in two phases. However, the Chinese plant has faced frequent repairs.