Yugadanavi Power Station

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Yugadanavi Power Station
The power station as seen from the Colombo Harbour, located 8km away.
Coordinates7°01′N 79°53′E / 7.01°N 79.88°E / 7.01; 79.88Coordinates: 7°01′N 79°53′E / 7.01°N 79.88°E / 7.01; 79.88
Construction began
  • November 2007
Commission date
  • February 2010
Construction cost
  • $300 million (2009)
  • LTL Holdings
  • West Coast Power
Thermal power station
Primary fuel
Secondary fuel
Tertiary fuel
Turbine technology
Cooling source
Combined cycle?Yes
Power generation
Units operational3 × 100 MW
Make and modelGE Power 9E.03 (2)
Unknown (1)
Nameplate capacity
  • 300 MW
Annual net output
  • 1,800 GWh (2013)

The Yugadanavi Power Station (also known as Kerawalapitiya Power Station) is a large oil-fired power station in Sri Lanka. The 300 MW power station is located in Kerawalapitiya, in the Western Province of Sri Lanka.

Construction of the power station began in November 2007, and progressed in two phases, with the first 200 MW phase completing in a record 10 months, and the second phase completing later in February 2010. Phase 1 of the power station was ceremonially inaugurated by President Mahinda Rajapakse on 8 December 2008.

The US$300 million power station was supported by a 152 million debt component through HSBC, which was supported by export credit agencies in the United States, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, France, and Austria.[1]


Built over a 25 acres (0.10 km2) site, the power station will utilize two 100 MW GE Frame 9E Gas Turbines and one GE steam turbine, and will generate approximately 1,800 GWh annually.[2][3][4] The facility uses 25,000 m3/h (880,000 cu ft/h) of seawater for cooling.[5]

Conversion to LNG[edit]

On September 21, 2021, U.S. infrastructure firm New Fortress Energy announced they have acquired 40% stake in West Coast Power (Pvt) Ltd the owner of Yugadanavi power station along with the rights to develop a new LNG Terminal off the coast of Colombo that will supply LNG to the power plant. The agreement was approved by the Sri Lankan government allowing New Fortress Energy's investment in West Coast Power Ltd.[6][7] Trade Unions of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) oppose the agreement and warned the Government of an islandwide power outage after 3 November if it fails to withdraw from the controversial agreement.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CCGT Power Plants in Sri Lanka". Industcards.com. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Yugadhanavi Power Plant". Lakdhanavi Limited. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Yugadhanavi Power Plant". GEO. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Thermal power plant commences". NewsFirst.lk. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Kerawalapitiya Power Plant opened". Target.lk. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  6. ^ Nadeera, Dilshan. "Acquisition of Yugadanavi power plant and right to build new LNG terminal: US firm says agreement finalised". Retrieved 2021-10-06.
  7. ^ Walton, Rod (2021-09-22). "New Fortress signs LNG supply deal for Sri Lankan gas-fired power plant". Power Engineering. Retrieved 2021-10-06.
  8. ^ Ceylon Today https://ceylontoday.lk/news/yugadanavi-power-plant-ceb-trade-unions-hints-at-islandwide-power-outage. Retrieved October 29, 2021. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)