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  • 26 Jul 2016 9:40 AM | IESL (Administrator)

    Generation Options For a Reliable and an Economic Power Supply 

    20th June, 2016

     Seminar Proceedings 


  • 15 Jul 2016 4:34 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    ACM Student Chapter of the University of Moratuwa organized a discussion with Eng. Arjuna Manamperi, an eminent speaker and a Council Member from The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL). The discussion under the topic “How engineering undergraduates can work with IESL for professional development was held on the 16th of June, 2016 at the Seminar Room of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa.

    Eng. Manamperi started the session by reflecting upon his past industrial experiences and the passion he had for Production Engineering. As a fresh graduate from University of Peradeniya, he had joined the state sector for a brief six-month period, before joining Walker Sons & Co. Ltd. where he obtained the IESL Charter. Sharing over three decades of experiences in Sri Lanka and USA, Eng. Manamperi explained the value of taking calculated risks to define his career and the variety of roles he played in  organizations as a transformational leader.

    The next part of the session was conducted in an interactive manner where Eng. Manamperi explained about the past heroes of IESL such as Eng. B. D. Rampala, Eng. (Dr) A. N. S. Kulasinghe, and Eng. D.J. Wimalasurendra. He asked for the opinion of students about their future ambitions. Most of the students had the idea of joining the industry. A few had the idea of continuing their career as Academics. He gave a broader career vision and explained the mission critical importance of Solving Sri Lanka's problems and doing value added work delivering products, services, and intellectual properties to global markets earning foreign exchange.” Eng. Manamperi elaborated on the difficult economic challenges Sri Lanka is facing and the duty of young professionals to serve their country. 

    Eng. Manamperi explained the benefits of becoming an IESL member and the importance of working with IESL for the betterment of the Engineering profession and our country. During this part of the session, he show cased many of the digital resources ( IESL newspaper SLEN, Engineer Journal, Videos, Public Lecture live streaming, etc.) that are accessible to the public through IESL website (, IESL FaceBook Page and IESL Twitter (@iesllanka and @iesl_mesc) and encouraged the gathering to make the best use of them and promote them within the University community. He was very emphatic about university students contributing to IESL publications, participating in IESL public lecturers, and utilizing IESL physical resources in collaborative efforts that would supplement students’ educational experiences.

    The discussion concluded with a brief question and answer session.

  • 06 Jul 2016 12:08 PM | IESL (Administrator)






    Engineers warn electricity costs to increase up to 50%, blackouts by 2018


    Sampur coal power projects should proceed without delay, competitive bidding essential for wind and solar, and development of LNG, including the terminal requires careful study.



    The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) is the premier Engineering institution in the country involved in promoting and advancing the Science and practice of Engineering. The Power and Energy committee of IESL recently organized a Seminar on “Generation Options - Sri Lanka for a Reliable and an Economical Power Supply” on at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the Institution. A large number of eminent engineers who are well experienced in planning and operation of power systems made several presentations at this well attended seminar.


    It was highlighted that immediate action is necessary to expedite the implementation of the Coal Power project in Sampur. The country is in danger of going back to the era of power cuts coupled with higher prices of electricity. The growth in electricity sales has recovered from the low 1% in 2013 to reach 7% in 2015; growth indications for 2016 are even higher. In this backdrop, it is concerned that currently there are no major power plants being built, to meet the growing demand. It was revealed that the 500 MW Sampur coal power plant, which is vital to meet the growing demand has been suspended. This project should have been completed in 2016, but has already been delayed for various reasons and then targeted for completion in 2020.


    The summary decision by the Government to change its fuel to LNG, can cause inevitable delays. This change would result in the carrying out of fresh feasibility studies, preparation of  bankable project documents, obtaining necessary approval and re-negotiating agreements. Change of fuel to LNG would cause electricity production costs to increase by 40-50%. This is the reality. The delay of the Sampur coal power plant is already dragging the country to a power crisis, possible blackouts and heavy costs of electricity to follow. This would result in the loss of confidence among investors leading to economic paralysis of the country.


    It was also observed that the competitive bidding round for two wind power plants, scheduled to close in April 2016, has been repeatedly extended and now effectively suspended owing to the Government intervention, with no plausible reason given. With the investor confidence shattered, that move undermines the competitive processes to purchase electricity, established by the Electricity Act. Sri Lanka reportedly pays a very high price for electricity produced from wind power plants developed by the private sector. For solar power too, Sri Lanka pays a very high price of Rs.23.00 per unit. Recent reductions in prices of both wind and solar equipment internationally, availability of sites with better wind regimes, and the favourable terms of investment, would enable wind and solar power to be produced up to 50% below the prices paid at present. Price discovery can only be achieved through competitive bidding.


    Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) prices have recently declined, owing to surplus in production and the depressed oil prices, to which most LNG contracts are linked. Recent contracts to supply LNG have been reported to be as low as 8.5 USD/million BTU. This is considered to be a temporary phenomenon. The Power sector Engineers call upon the Government to carefully scrutinize historic prices and pricing formulae, and forecast quantities required, through expert studies, before rushing into conclusions to build large LNG terminals. Such terminals require significant investments exceeding USD 500 million. In any case, they should be located where prospective customers for gas are already present. Such large investments cannot be made in haste, and will require 5-8 years to study, design, secure approvals, finance and build. In any case, it would not relieve Sri Lanka from the grave power crisis expected by 2018.


    The process of making decisions on power plants, and the responsibility to build such capacity on time, legally remains with the CEB, the Transmission Licensee under the Act, subject to approval by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL). PUCSL is responsible to ensure that the Transmission Licensee adheres to least cost principles and competitive bidding requirements stipulated in the Electricity Act.


    The Engineers calls upon the Government to follow the procedures laid down in the Electricity Act and   reiterate the need to commence the construction of the Sampur coal power plant without further delay. Procurement of power from private wind and solar developers should be carried out strictly on a competitive basis. It is predicted that the cost of electricity production would otherwise increase by about 50%. With Sri Lanka’s electricity prices being already high compared with other countries in the region, any further price increases resulting from higher production costs, will have a crippling effect on the economy and the people.


    The above facts were revealed from the presentations of expert Engineers who are well experienced in planning and operation of power systems. These presentations and the seminar proceedings can be downloaded from here.

  • 05 Jul 2016 3:36 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    The IESL Eastern Chapter conducted a five days CPD course on Project Management Professional – PMP in Trincomalee at P/Buildings Department, Conference hall on 04th, 05th, 11th, 12th & 19th of June, 2016 with the participation of Thirty (30) participants from different disciplines. The day of the inauguration on 04th June 2016, the CPD Committee Chairman, Dr. Kamal Laksiri, Eng. Madhawa Herath CPD Committee member and other officials from PMI Colombo Sri Lanka Chapter President Mr. Ganesh Wijenayaka and Executive Vice President Mr. Shanaka de Silva were present. Eng.S.Rajagopalasingam, Provincial Deputy Director of Irrigation was invited for this event as a Guest of Honour.

    Following the welcome addressed by Eng. L. Subhaharan, Co- chairman IESL Eastern Chapter, CPD Committee Chairman delivered a speech to the participants. He mentioned that, this is the first time IESL conduct such a long term programme out of Colombo and he appreciated the committee members of the IESL Eastern Province Chapter for the efforts taken to conduct the programme. Also, he mentioned, the efforts taken by the Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, IESL President (Elect) and Eng. Madhawa Herath who took the initiation to conduct this programme in Trincomalee. Further, he welcomed to organize similar programmes for the enhancement of the knowledge and skills of young engineers to meet the requirements in the competitive world. Thereafter the Guest of Honour, Eng.S .Rajagopalasingam delivered the key note address.

    Then the technical sessions were commenced and on 04th and 05th Mr. Shanaka De Silva conducted the sessions and on 11th and 12th Eng. Madhawa Herath conducted. Again the final session was conducted by Mr. Shanaka De Silva on 19th of June 2016. It has been a really good opportunity for all engineers who were participated for this Programme. Also it opened the eyes of the engineers to think about their career development and openings in the markets.

  • 30 Jun 2016 12:40 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    Candidates who successfully completed the following Continues Professional Development Courses conducted  recently by the IESL received their certificates at a certificate awarding ceremony held at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the IESL on Wednesday, 29thJune, 2016. 

    • Designing of Fire Detection and Protection Systems
    • Project Management
    • Financial Management for Engineers
    • English for Professionals
    • Microsoft Project Workshop
    • Procurement Management

    President Elect of IESL - Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, Vice President and Chairman of the Continues Professional Development Committee - Eng. (Dr.) Kamal Laksiri and Vice President of IESL – Eng. (Prof.) Mrs. Niranjanie Ratnayake distributed the certificates to about 100 of the successful candidates who participated in the ceremony. This was followed by Fellowship and Dinner.

  • 28 Jun 2016 2:20 PM | IESL (Administrator)

    IESL Ray Wijewardene Memorial Lecture 2016 – Emphasis on sustainable innovation ecosystem.

    “Road Mapping the Future: State of Innovation Ecosystems” was the title of this year’s IESL Ray Wijewardene memorial lecture conducted at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the IESL on Friday, 24th June, 2016. Delivered by G.Nagesh Rao, 2016 USA Eisenhover Fellow, Engineer and Chief Technologist of the US Small Business Administration’s Office of Investment & Innovation the lecture dealt with how does the nexus of science, technology,, business, law, art and people cultivate a thriving and sustainable innovation ecosystem.

    Organized jointly by the IESL and the Ray Wijewardene Charitable Trust the public lecture was attended by a large audience comprised of IESL members, special invitees, members of diplomatic missions, and family members, relatives and friends of the Late Ray Wijewardene.

    President of IESL, Eng. Wimalasena Gamage, delivered the welcome address while Mr.Nihal Jayamanne, PC, who is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Trust introduced the speaker. Eng. Gamini Ranasinghe, member of the Agricultural Engineering Sectional Committee of the IESL proposed the Vote of Thanks. 

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