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President Maithripala Sirisena unveiling the Biomass Power Plant

President Maithripala Sirisena ceremoniously inaugurated Tokyo Cement’s 2nd Biomass Power Plant in Trincomalee last week as part of a series of events held in commemoration of late Deshamanya A.Y.S. Gnanam, Founder Chairman of the company.

The plant opening was among a series of events held in commemoration of the birth anniversary of renowned late industrialist, Deshamanya A.Y.S. Gnanam, which included the foundation laying ceremony for a housing project for 25 families displaced during the war, distribution of deeds to residents of the Tokyo Cement Tsunami Housing Scheme in Nilaveli, foundation laying for a Technical Building and the commissioning of the Biomass Power Plant inside the Tokyo Cement Factory Premises at Cod Bay, China Bay.

Gnanam was a pioneering entrepreneur who ventured into many of Sri Lanka’s firsts, which included the generation of Renewable Biomass Energy.  President Sirisena’s visit to the Tokyo Cement Factory to inaugurate the company’s 2nd Biomass Power Plant with a capacity of 8 MW to power the company’s latest manufacturing facility was a salute to his legacy that will continue to live on for generations to come.

The Tokyo Eastern Biomass Plant commissioned by President began construction in 2015 with an investment of over 2.5 billion rupees.  The plant will contribute 70 Gwh per year to the national grid generated using industrial and agricultural waste sourced through community trade.  In total, the plant will produce 160 Thousand MW Hours of clean renewable energy per year, which equals to the annual electricity consumption of 100,000 Sri Lankan rural households.

S.R. Gnanam, Managing Director of Tokyo Cement stated, “This contributes towards achieving the National Renewable Energy Target set by His Excellency, that is to generate 10% of our country’s energy requirement through all forms of non-conventional renewable energy resources by 2017. With this landmark opening, the company becomes the single largest contributor of renewable energy in the nation, generating 23 MW with the ability to proudly supply 2.5 MW surplus capacity to the national grid, thus making a significant impact in the country’s Energy Footprint as a single player.”