Entura appointed to support wind development in Sri Lanka

November 4, 2016

Specialist power and water consulting firm Entura has been appointed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to support Ceylon Electricity Board’s (CEB) wind development activities in Sri Lanka’s Mannar district.

Located in the north-western part of Sri Lanka, the wind resource-rich Mannar district comprises mainland Mannar and the 130 km2 Mannar Island. The area is considered one of the best wind sites in Sri Lanka and an initial assessment identified a potential of 375 MW of wind power to be developed.

CEB will initially build and operate the 100 MW Mannar Island wind farm and develop the remaining potential of the region in phases.

Entura’s scope is to assist CEB with completing their feasibility study on the 100 MW wind farm project and lead the due-diligence in support of ADB’s loan approval process. Further, Entura will identify potential for future wind farm development in the region, explore solutions for integration with CEB’s network, and prepare CEB for potential Public Private Partnerships on future wind farm projects.

The project team includes experts in technical, legal and commercial aspects of wind power development, and draws on Entura’s strong partnerships internationally and in Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the project, Entura Managing Director Tammy Chu said: “We’re pleased to be partnering with ADB and CEB to support the development of new renewable energy generation in Sri Lanka.”

“Sri Lanka has tremendous potential for renewable energy generation and it is great to see the country’s commitment to developing this potential in a structured manner, considering the challenges to integrate new generation to the electricity grid, and planning to develop capability in its people to support the industry.”

Entura has more than 20 years of experience in wind farm development, renewables grid integration and connection studies both in Australia and internationally.  The firm has been involved in more than 100 advanced and operational wind farm projects totalling more than 20 000 MW in Australia, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, China, the Philippines, New Zealand and the Pacific.