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Work begins this week on delayed Sri Lankan hydropower project

Work on Sri Lanka's long-delayed 35-MW Broadlands hydropower project will begin later this week, according to Asian news sources.

HydroWorld.com reported in November 2010 that the country's Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) had awarded a US$82 million contract to the China National Electric Equipment Corporation (CNEEC) with completion originally scheduled for next year, though environmental concerns delayed the construction's start date.

The run-of-river project includes a 24-meter-high, 114-meter-long dam that will be constructed across the Kelani River in Sri Lanka's Nuwara Eliya District.

About 85% of the Broadlands project is being financed by China, with the remainder being provided by Sri Lanka's government with a loan from the Hatton National Bank.

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