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Adani Green Energy $1 Billion Investment to Boost Sri Lanka’s Energy Security

Sri Lanka's Largest Renewable Energy Venture Set to Generate Clean Power for 600,000 Homes

9 June 2024

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Neelesh Bachani

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1. Adani Green Energy's 1 billion USD investment in Sri Lanka's wind farms will be the country's largest renewable energy project, enhancing energy security and generating 1,500 million units of clean energy annually for 0.6 million households.


2. The project will create 1,200 local jobs, displace 270 million USD of fossil fuel annually, and reduce CO2 emissions by 1.06 million tonnes yearly, contributing significantly to Sri Lanka's economic and environmental goals.

3. By countering China's influence in the Indian Ocean and supporting IMF-backed power sector reforms, Adani's project aligns with Sri Lanka's legislative measures to attract renewable energy investments and improve the financial health of CEB.

Adani Green Energy is poised to make a significant investment in Sri Lanka, with plans to pour over 1 billion USD (Rs.8,351 crore) into developing wind energy projects. This ambitious venture is set to become Sri Lanka's largest renewable energy initiative and the nation's biggest power project to date. The investment, reported by PTI, highlights Adani's commitment to establishing two wind farms in the northern regions of Mannar town and Pooneryn village. With a combined installed capacity of 484 megawatts, the wind farms represent a 740 million USD investment, supplemented by an additional 290 million USD earmarked for power transmission infrastructure.

 

Sri Lanka, recovering from severe power blackouts and fuel shortages experienced during the 2022 economic crisis, has taken legislative measures to revamp its power sector. These reforms aim to attract investments in renewable energy, aligning with the conditions set forth by a 2.9 billion USD aid package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The goal is to reduce the financial losses of the state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and create a more appealing investment environment for renewable energy projects.

 

Adani's wind energy project holds strategic significance beyond its economic implications. By establishing these wind farms, Adani Green Energy is set to counteract China's economic influence in the Indian Ocean, particularly in Sri Lanka's northern region, which is geographically close to India's southern mainland. This strategic move has already garnered approval from the Sri Lankan cabinet, and a power purchase agreement (PPA) is in the final stages of negotiation. Upon finalization, Adani is prepared to commence work, with a projected completion timeline of two years.

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The project's financial and environmental benefits are substantial. Adani's tariff for the wind power generated is lower than that of the Sri Lankan government's wind power plant and significantly more cost-effective compared to fossil fuel-based power. This initiative will play a crucial role in enhancing Sri Lanka's energy security by generating approximately 1,500 million units of clean, renewable energy annually. This output is expected to meet the energy demands of around 0.6 million households.

 

Moreover, the project promises significant economic and environmental advantages. It is anticipated to create around 1200 local jobs, providing much-needed employment opportunities in the region. Additionally, the wind farms will displace fossil fuel consumption worth 270 million USD each year, contributing to substantial cost savings for the country. Environmental benefits include the reduction of CO2 emissions by an estimated 1.06 million tonnes annually, making a significant contribution to global efforts to combat climate change.

 

In summary, Adani Green Energy's investment in Sri Lanka marks a monumental step for the country's renewable energy sector. It promises to deliver substantial economic, environmental, and strategic benefits, aligning with Sri Lanka's broader goals of energy security, economic development, and reduced reliance on fossil fuels. This project not only signifies a major foreign direct investment but also underscores the potential for renewable energy to transform national energy landscapes.

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