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Sri Lanka: Wind Power Generation Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49345-002 Status: Active

The Asian Development Bank is working with Sri Lanka to develop energy resources and increase access to low cost energy for the entire population. The project is helping to increase supply by raising the share of renewable energy, particularly wind power.

Project Details

Project Officer
Jaimes Kolantharaj South Asia Department Request for information
  • Sri Lanka
  • Loan
  • Energy
Project Name Wind Power Generation Project
Project Number 49345-002
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3585-SRI: Wind Power Generation Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 200.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Renewable energy generation - wind

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements

The impact of the investment project will be increased access to clean and reliable power supply enhanced by 2025. The outcome will be clean power generation increased. The outputs of the investment project are:

(i) Wind power generation increased. This output consists of three subcomponents: (i) 100 MW wind farm constructed in Mannar Island in the Northern Province; (ii) wind park infrastructure developed that involves construction of the wind park's internal medium voltage infrastructure, internal cabling, access roads, and other arrangements; and (iii) a renewable energy dispatch control center established to forecast, control, and manage intermittent 100 MW wind power generation.

(ii) System reactive power management improved. This includes installation of 100 megavolt-ampere reactive (MVAr) reactors at the 220 kilovolt (kV) level at the Anuradhapura grid substation in the North Central Province and a 50 MVAr reactor at the 220 kV level at the Mannar grid substation in the Northern Province to manage voltage levels within the planning limits and practical operational requirements, and ensure reliable operation of the wind park.

(iii) Capacity of CEB in project engineering design review and supervision strengthened. Expert consultancy services will be procured to strengthen CEB's capacity in project engineering design, review, and supervision. These advisory consultancy services will assist CEB in ensuring engineering oversight of wind turbine installation, commissioning and testing activities, and technical certification of contractor's activities throughout the construction period.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Sri Lanka's energy sector performance has achieved a national electrification ratio of 99.3% (2016) up from 29% in 1990. However, the sector continues to struggle in meeting the growing demand for electricity at sufficiently low cost and acceptable reliability. The share of thermal power in the generation mix remains high at 67.2% in 2016 as the entire demand growth has been served by oil-fired thermal (31.5%) and coal (35.7%) generation. Although 32.7% of the total generated power provided to the grid in 2016 was from renewable sources, including 24.6% large hydropower, 5.2% small hydropower, 2.4% wind power, and 0.6% other sources, the high share of oil-fired thermal generation makes electricity expensive due to high fuel prices and poses a serious threat to the country's energy security and the environment. There is an urgent need to develop other clean energy sources in addition to hydropower, undertake loss reduction efforts, and address energy efficiency issues. Diversification to renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar energy, will improve the country's energy security and the environment. In particular, developing wind power generation by both the public and private sectors and through public private partnerships provides substantial opportunities to reach the country's goal of increasing the share of nonconventional renewable energy generation to 20% of the total generated power by 2020.

The Government of Sri Lanka aims to ensure the sustainable development of energy resources by improving the power supply systems to guarantee that the entire population has access to electricity services. Sri Lanka has a national sector investment program that is based on the National Energy Policy and Strategies of Sri Lanka. The policy and strategies include a sector road map, and policy and reform measures. To reduce the current high cost of thermal power generation and attain cost recovery, the government developed 900 MW of low cost coal-fired capacity that became fully operational in 2014. The government aims to increase supply capacity from renewable energy sources and potential future conversion of the oil-fired plants to gas-fired plants. The policies and incentives for developing renewable energy sources exist in the country. The increase to 20% of power generation from nonconventional renewable energy sources, including their current generation, will be in addition to 24.6% (2016) of conventional hydropower and will ensure that, in the future, a substantial portion of electricity is generated by domestic clean energy sources. This will address the critical issue of energy security.

Impact Access to clean and reliable power supply in Sri Lanka enhanced by 2025 (Sri Lanka Energy Sector Development Plan for a Knowledge Based Economy, 2015 2025)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Clean power generation increased
Progress Toward Outcome Implementation is ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Wind power generation capacity increased

2. System reactive power management improved

3. Capacity of CEB in project engineering design review and supervision strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) All the contract packages under this Project had been awarded and implementation is ongoing.
Geographical Location Mannar District
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Extensive consultations with the government and stakeholders, including local communities, local authorities, focal groups, civil society groups, will be undertaken to ensure participatory approach. The stakeholders will be consulted throughout the design stage during the project preparatory technical assistance and the ensuing project implementation on the relevant issues, including environmental, social and other issues that may affect communities and poor people.
During Project Implementation The consultation process with the stakeholders will continue during project implementation as per Sri Lankan regulations.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consultants will be recruited following Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and Its Borrowers, March 2013.
Procurement Procurement will follow international and national competitive bidding depending on an estimated value of procurement packages. Advance contracting will be used for procurement. Retroactive financing may be considered to expedite project implementation at government's request.
Responsible ADB Officer Jaimes Kolantharaj
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ceylon Electricity Board
3rd Floor, G.O.B.A. Bldg.
#50,Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha
Colombo 02, Sri Lanka
Concept Clearance 23 Mar 2016
Fact Finding 14 Feb 2017 to 24 Feb 2017
MRM 09 Jun 2017
Approval 24 Oct 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 12 Sep 2019

Loan 3585-SRI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Oct 2017 22 Nov 2017 22 Feb 2018 30 Jun 2022 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 256.70 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 200.00 24 Oct 2017 135.23 0.00 68%
Counterpart 56.70 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 24 Oct 2017 15.67 0.00 8%

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Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Datesort descending
Wind Power Generation Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Aug 2017