Last week the minister unveiled his plans to use the gas that was found in the Mannar basin to generate a minimum 1,000 Megawatts of electricity by 2020.
“We will form a National oil company and find a suitable partner get this gas to Kerawalapitiya. That is our ambitious plan,”
There are 20 blocks altogether, the Minister says and our entrepreneurs can find a bright future by investing in this.
“You can become the next Asian Rockefeller by doing this.” Ranawaka further said.
Reducing the dependence on coal will also have a positive environmental impact.
Scientists say, natural gas does not emit any particulates or sulphur dioxide like coal.
This will have favourable health impacts as well, particularly in terms of respiratory ailments.