External Monitoring Agency for Monitoring Biodiversity Management Plan and Environmental Management Plan for Construction of Mannar – Nadukuda 220kV Transmission Line Project and 100MW Mannar Wind Farm Project

Client : Ceylon Electricity Board

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is planning to build and operate a semi-dispatchable wind farm of 100 MW capacity and an associated 220kV transmission line (29.4km) in the Mannar region under the financial assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The wind energy conversion systems (WECS) would be selected for the proposed wind farm to generate clean electrical energy sustainably. The proposed Wind Power Park will be located in the southern part of Mannar Island from Thoddaveli to a length of about 12 km along the coast. The first row of 33 turbines will be installed and the second row of 6 turbines will be located at a distance of about 1 km from the shore. The proposed wind farm has excluded the areas belonging to Adam’s Bridge Marine National Park which was declared in 2015. The nearest village is located about 800 m away from the second row of wind turbines. In addition, several Navy camps/ Navy observation points, boat landing sites, Ma-del hauling sites, and fishermen vaadi/camps (seasonal), and a tourist hotel are found within the wind farm block.