Power and Energy
The power and energy sector is recognized today as a vital requirement for industry and overall growth. Sri Lanka’s energy sector has been well researched and the in-country expertise has gained in the process of multiple reviews of the sector. Sri Lanka has further experimented with alternative and community owned power options and today mechanisms are in place for private holders to sell power to the national grid. Having provided consulting services in the Power and Energy sector for nearly two decades, RDC has the required work experience and access to experts to address both large and small scale energy related programs.

RDC’s work experience covers the following activities:
  • Feasibility Studies on Power Generation (coal, oil, gas, hydro and other renewable energy sources)
  • Transmission, Distribution and Supply
  • Technical Assistance for Project Implementation
  • Project Management
  • Institutional strengthening
  • Decentralization
With sound expertise and good networks RDC is well placed to facilitate delivery of services in the power and energy sector. Selected assignments representative of RDC’s work experience in the relevant areas are described in brief hereunder.

- ADB Advisory TA Institutional Review and Development of the CEB with Energy Resources International of USA

The objectives of the study were to review the present performance of the CEB and suggest changes in order to improve the operations and corporate structure of the Ceylon Electricity Board, (CEB) and formulate recommendations on the changes necessary in its institutional structure and operation activities in order to meet future expansion and commitments.

- ADB Feasibility Study on Village Electrification by Utilizing Renewable Energy with Pacific Consultants of Japan

This project was under the auspices of the Government of Japan’s “International Atmospheric and Environmental Research Development Programme 2001”, programme. PCI from Japan worked with RDC in fielding the specialists for this assignment. The Ministry of Forestry and Environment hosted the study team and co-ordinated relations with other government and non-governmental organisations concerned for the smooth implementation of the feasibility study. The objectives and scope of the study were: a) To evaluate technical and socio-economic feasibility of rural electrification based on independent small-scale power systems, utilizing renewable energy for villages in the five districts which will not be connected to the national grid in the near future; b) to formulate a “development plan” for the power supply “system development” project from a technical, environmental, financial and socio-economic viewpoints, including estimation of greenhouse effect gas emission reduction in comparison to alternative power plants, and c) To study project features in view of a JBIC loan application.

- ADB funded Design and Implementation of a M & E system for the World Bank funded Renewable Energy for Rural Economic Development (RERED) Project

This project was designed to improve the quality of rural life by utilising off-grid renewable energy technologies to bring electricity to remote communities and promote private sector power generation from renewable energy resources for the main grid. The RERED Project is implemented through six key components, consisting of: (i) Grid-connected hydro, wind and biomass, (ii) Solar photovoltaic investments, (iii) Community-based hydro and biomass energy, (iv) Energy efficiency and conservation, (v) Cross-sectoral links and (vi) Technical assistance.

The project was implemented through-out the Island and targeted to provide off-grid electricity to 100,000 households and 85 MW from renewable resources to the national grid. As part of the project delivery mechanism, the DFCC Bank (implementing agency) and WB (funding agency) incorporated the development of an M&E system for the project. RDC was selected for the design and implementation of the M&E system from 2004 to 2009. The services provided involved conducting periodic questionnaire based surveys, household interviews, focus group discussions, key informant interviews and observation studies. Quarterly and biannual reports were submitted containing the findings and recommendations to improve efficiency and assure the sustainability of the project outputs.

- ADB TA No. 4262 Rural Electrification and Network Expansion project with Hydro Tasmani of Australia

The Rural Electrification and Network Expansion Project was a technical assistance grant to the Government of Sri Lanka for financing rural electrification and network expansion. The Project aimed to ensure even distribution of economic growth in Sri Lanka by providing electricity to rural areas currently not covered by the national grid. The outcomes targeted increased economic activity in the rural areas, and in turn greater opportunities for the poorer segments of the population to alleviate stress on human and financial resources by providing opportunities for additional income, better health conditions and enhanced educational opportunities.

- Ex-Post Evaluation Study - Kalanitissa combined cycle power plant project and transmission and sub-station development

The Study assessed the relevance, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the two projects. It focused on the impact of the projects, especially from the power users’ perspective. RDC Consultants worked with Hosei University, the lead organisation, in carrying out this evaluation, carrying out all necessary tasks such as collection of documents, materials and statistical data, organisation of seminar and meetings with relevant CEB and sector staff. And finally implemented a questionnaire among the following users: (i) all large scale industries in Colombo and in the Western Province as listed by the CEB; and (ii) 400 randomly selected consumers from each of the small industrial and commercial and domestic consumers, classified by the CEB in Colombo and the Western Province (South).

Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) for 120/150 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant for Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB)

An EIA was required for this new plant to be located at the existing Kelanitissa power station just outside the city of Colombo. The nature of the project was analyzed, inclusive of details in resources requirements, effluent discharge, solid waste disposal, treatment systems etc. Furthermore, the implications of the phased developments planned were analyzed together with the impact of surrounding development activities. The project services provided information on: (a) main pollutants (b) their present levels, their accepted standards, (c) the additions due to the proposed project and (d) response to issues raised by the public and concerned authorities. The Project undertook an evaluation of alternatives indicating the probable adverse impacts of each alternative, including "no action" option, and provided clear reasons for selecting the one recommended. Services further entail the preparation of an environmental monitoring and management plan.

Environmental and Resettlement Studies Feasibility Study of the Kukuleganga Hydro Power Project, CEB

Project services identified adverse impacts, appropriate mitigation measures and prepared an environmental impact monitoring plan for the construction as well as for operational stages. Furthermore provided a team of consultants to carry out socio economic surveys for resettlement relocation of displaced persons resulting from proposed project. Detailed environmental impact studies on the fauna and flora and the ecosystems were carried out, inter alia, to ascertain that development plans of the project in conformity with Central Environmental Authority Regulations. Prepared comprehensive report on findings together with associate firms - Electrowatt, Lahmeyer Int. and Nippon Koei.


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