This Wind Power Project is the flag-bearer to drive Sri Lanka to a future of clean renewable energy. The first phase of the semi-dispatchable wind farm will produce 100 megawatts of power to the national grid. The state-of-the-art wind energy conversion systems (WECS) would be selected for the proposed wind farm to generate clean electrical energy in a sustainable manner. This proposed Wind Power Park will be located in the southern part of Mannar Island from Thoddaveli to a length of about 12 km along the coast. The first row of 33 turbines will be installed and the second row of 6 turbines will be located at a distance about 1 km from the shore.
The project is implemented by the Ceylon Electricity Board where Vestas as the main contractor is responsible for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the project. Vestas is to provide the delivery, installation and commissioning of 30 V126-3.45 Mw wind turbines which also includes all civil and electrical works. Access Engineering PLC the specialist sub-contractor is responsible for designing and constructing foundations and hardstands for the wind turbines, building the access road network, construction of the administration and accommodation buildings with utility and other supportive structures, cable trenching for MV electrical cable and fibre optic cable line, supply of the employer’s supportive vehicles, miscellaneous works/supplies for social safeguard commitments including dug wells and toilets.
Upon completion of this project, this will be the first major addition of renewable energy to the national grid thereby complementing the government initiative to prioritise sustainable clean energy to the national grid.