Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) processing plant is where imported Natural Gas is purified by removing any condensates such as water, oil, mud, as well as other gases such as CO2 and H2S. The gas is then cooled down in stages until it is liquefied. LNG is finally stored in storage tanks and can be loaded and shipped. The cleaner LNG shall be used at the power plant at Sampur and could be transported elsewhere for industries and for use as domestic fuel.
Due to stiff opposition to the Sampur Power plant on social and environmental grounds, it has been recommended to suspend all activities including tenders that have already been called. As posted in Northern Breeze titled “Concerned Environmentalists” on March 7, 2016, to renegotiate the Sampur project with India converting it to operate on LNG and provide people with a clean and a healthy environment.
It was encouraging to read in the local news paper that the government is to conduct feasibility studies to set up Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants. Sri Lankan officials are to meet their Indian counterparts to discuss the possibility of shelving the proposed 500 MW coal powered plant in Sampur and to negotiate replacing it with a cleaner LNG powered power plant. It must be noted that it is still at a proposal stage, because an earlier feasibility study had concluded that it was not practical to develop LNG plants due to lack of facilities to transport, unload or handle LNG.
As posted in Northern Breeze titled “Concerned Environmentalists” on March 7, 2016, even at this late stage, as the saying goes “Doing wrong for right reason and doing right for wrong reason”, it is good the new government is to renegotiate the Sampur project with India converting it to operate on LNG and provide people with a clean and a healthy environment.