China has decided to suspend power projects in the Northern Province due to security concerns raised by a third party. The Chinese firm issued a strongly worded statement objecting to “outrageous interference” by a “third party”, referring to India.
The Chinese Embassy in Colombo on Thursday tweeted: “Sino Soar Hybrid Technology, being suspended to build Hybrid Energy system in 3 northern islands in Sri Lanka due to ‘security concern’ from a third party.
It further said in a Twitter message that the company has, instead, signed a contract with the Maldivian Government on November 19 to establish solar power plants in 12 islands in the island country.
Pro Indian Tamil parties from north objected to the Chinese project saying it posed a “security threat” to India. India also raised concern over its location, close to the Tamil Nadu coast.
Northern islands of Nainativu, Delft or Neduntheevu, and Analaitivu, located off Jaffna Peninsula in the Palk Bay, some 50 km off Tamil Nadu.
Chinese firm Sino Soar Hybrid Technology, whose energy project is expected to avoid 2,900 tons of carbon dioxide emission annually.