By: Isuru Parakrama
Colombo (LNW): If all activities go as planned, Sri Lanka’s first ever nuclear power plant can be built by 2032 with the technical support from Russia, a statement by the Parliament of Sri Lanka said, quoting the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board.
The above revelation was made during the recent meeting of the Parliament Sectoral Oversight Committee on Energy and Transport called in by Committee Chief MP Nalaka Bandara Kottegoda.
The Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board stated in the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Energy and Transport that if all activities go as planned, the first nuclear power plant can be built in Sri Lanka by 2032 with Russian technical support.
This fact came to light when the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Energy and Transport met in Parliament recently (May 09) to discuss the current status and future activities of the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board. The committee was chaired by the Member of Parliament Hon. Nalaka Bandara Kottegoda.
There was a discussion in length in the committee regarding the production of skilled professionals in the field of welding and related technology in Sri Lanka. The members of the committee pointed out that there is a great demand for experts in this field in industrialised countries including Korea and the need for a formal mechanism to produce skilled workers with formal certificates in the said field.
Officials mentioned that the training and certification system for those who already have professional experience in this sector and those who are new entrants in the field is conducted at the training centre run by the board. However, since there is no proper awareness among the people about this training, the committee advised to prepare a plan and take steps to make awareness and involve more young people.
It was also discussed that Saudi Arabia hopes to get preserved coconut coir from Sri Lanka for the project of planting 10 billion trees in Saudi Arabia. Chairman of the Committee MP Hon. Nalaka Bandara Kottegoda mentioned that the country can get a large amount of foreign exchange by providing facilities for the said process of sterilisation. Accordingly, the Committee advised the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board to take steps to prepare the sterilisation facility.
The members of Parliament, Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Hon. Nalin Bandara Jayamaha, Hon. Yadamini Gunawardena, Hon. Isuru Dodangoda, Hon. Udayakanta Gunathilake, Hon. M. Udayakumar, Hon. Kumarasiri Ratnayake and Hon. Akila Ellawala participated in the meeting.