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India to set up power plant in Sampur
(LeN-2006 Dec 29, 7.00pm) The Indian state-run National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) will set up a 500MW thermal power plant at Trincomalee, Sampur in Sri Lanka. That coal power plant in Sampur, recently captured by the Sri Lankan armed forces from the LTTE.

"The NTPC and the Sri Lankan government signed an agreement on today at Colombo to commence the process of selection of the site for this project," an NTPC statement said. The event took place at the Presidential Secretariat under the auspices of Minister of Power and Energy in Sri Lanka John Seneviratne and Minister of Industrial Development Rohitha Bogollagama.

The plant will commence operations from 2011.

The project will involve an investment of $500 million and will be implemented by a joint venture company in which the NTPC and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) will have equal stakes.

But LTTE criticized this project and today amid protests from Tamil parliamentarians who are voicing concerns that the Coal-Fired Power Plant project in Sampoor has a hidden political agenda to permanently evict Tamils from the Muthur east region.
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