Hybrid power project in Jaffna
The Colombo Gazette reported that Sri Lanka and India had signed a memorandum of understanding to implement a hybrid power project in Jaffna, which was initially awarded to China. The project was initially awarded to a Chinese MS / Sinosar-ETechwin joint venture but was reconsidered due to Indian objections.
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A report in The Hindu said it had objected to the Chinese project in Jaffna, citing security concerns over its proximity to the South Indian coast. India had expressed concern to Sri Lanka over the Chinese project, just 50 km from Tamil Nadu. New Delhi offered to implement the project with grants instead of loans. Now the project has been signed by Jayashankar and his Sri Lankan opponent GL Pairis. This is the third Indian energy project in the north and east of Sri Lanka.
This is the third Indian power project in the north and east of Sri Lanka following the recent agreements for the National Thermal Power Corporation’s solar initiative in the city of East Sampur and the Adnan Group’s renewable energy projects in the north and Mannar and Pune. Earlier, the agreement was signed between the National Thermal Power Corporation’s solar venture in East Sampur city and the Adnan Group’s renewable energy projects in Mannar and Punar in the north.
India with Sri Lanka: Jayashankar
Foreign Minister Jayashankar has assured India’s continued support for Sri Lanka’s economic recovery process.
He said India’s partnership with Sri Lanka was rooted in the “first neighbor” approach and the SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) policy. He further added that India is on the side of Sri Lanka in all needs.