Sri Lanka’s state-owned utility, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), has connected the newly constructed 220 kV Polpitiya–Hambantota transmission line to the national grid.
It has also energised the new grid substation at Hambantota. This network improvement project strengthens the southern part of the grid, thereby increasing the reliability of power supply and power transfer capability to and from the region. The project was funded by the Asian Development Bank with an investment of USD55 million. The 150 km-long line, which has a capacity of 580 MVA, runs through 11 divisional secretariats from Ambagamuwa to Hambantota. The Hambantota grid substation houses two power transformers with a total capacity of 500 MVA.