Most of mini hydro power projects to be developed are located in and around Maliboda, Deraniyagala, Balangoda, Rathnapura, Padiyapalalla, Ragala, Nuwara Eliya and Kothmale areas. However, the absorption capacity of mini hydro projects to the existing Grid Substations located in the above areas has already exceeded. Hence, to facilitate the absorption of new renewable energy to the National Grid, and to cater the increasing electricity demand in Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces, it has decided to construct new Grid Substations at Maliboda, Wewalwatta, Nawalapitiya and Ragala and related transmission lines under Renewable Energy Absorption Transmission Development Project.
Scope of work of Renewable Energy Absorption Transmission Development Project include the construction of the four numbers of 132/33kV, 2 ×31.5 MVA Grid Substations (Maliboda, Ragala, Wewalwatta & Nawala) and related 132kV Transmission lines of total length around 45km. REATD Project is funded by Agence Francaise Development (AFD) & Ceylon Electricity board. This Project is execute directly by CEB (without Turnkey Contractors) procuring Good and Works in fifteen (15) Contracts. All fifteen Contracts have been awarded by end of year 2018. Construction works of the Grid Substations (GSs) were commenced January 2018 and the Construction works of the Transmission lines were commenced in April 2018. Civil & Erection works of all four Grid Substations almost completed and commissioning works started in August 2019. Tower Foundation construction of Transmission lines completed in October 2019. Tower erection and Conductor stringing started in year 2019. Project is scheduled to be completed in 4th quarter of year 2020.
Transmission Lines work in progress.