Mawella Coal Power Development Project

From Global Energy Monitor

The Mawella Coal Power Development Project was a proposed 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station at Mawella in Sri Lanka.


The map below shows the Kudawella/Mawalla area in Trincomalee district, the approximate location of the project.

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According to the Ceylon Electricity Board's (CEB) long term power generation plan formulated in 1981, it was proposed to build the country’s first coal power station in Mawella. A 1988 study looked at the site together with other locations and proposed a 600 MW coal plant.[1] According a former consultant to CEB, an advantage of the "Mawell/Kudawella" location was that it provided "an excellent natural harbour handle 60,000 dwt coal ships by the shore." According to the former consultant, such a location would offer a more secure coal supply, particularly in contrast to the Lakvijaya Power Plant site.[2]

According to the 2013 Long Range Generation Expansion Plan of CEB, the Mawella site remained a potential site for future coal power development.[1]

However, with no developments since 2013, plans to build a coal plant at the location appear to have been shelved. According to the Daily FT, the plant "was abandoned when locals protested," leading the CEB to consider other locations for a coal plant.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Ceylon Electricity Board and NTPC
  • Location: Kudawella/Mawalla, Trincomalee district
  • Coordinates: 5.988493, 80.735932 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 600 MW
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Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Long Term Generation Expansion Plan 2013-2032," Ceylon Electricity Board, October 2013, page 4-11
  2. "Take up Mawella coal power project," The Island, letter by E. Carlo Fernano, former power development consultant, CEB, February 14, 2001
  3. "Recent power outages and CEB Engineer’s responsibility," FT Daily, April 19, 2016

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