Lanka Walltile invests in alternate energy source
Lanka Walltile Meepe (Pvt) Limited (LWMPL), a wholly owned subsidiary
of Lanka Walltile PLC and EnerFab (Pvt) Limited recently signed an
agreement on an 'Energy Saving' process through a Wood Gasification
Under this agreement EnerFab (Pvt) Ltd will undertake the project on
a turnkey basis to design, supply, install and commission a Wood
Gasification process at LWMPL for use at their Ceramic Wall Tile
It is envisaged that the duration of the project from the designing
stage to commissioning will be approximately five months. The continuing
steep increases in the cost of LPG and other fuel in recent years has
driven the industry to look for alternate sources of energy to reduce
cost of production. "the cost of energy is around 39% to 40% of the
total cost of production today, said Lucky de Chickera, Managing
Director of LWMPL.
He said "EnerFab (Pvt) Ltd will also ensure the supply of wood for
this Gasification process over the period of the contract through a
process of collection and plantation schemes that they maintain.
Gliricidia, ipil ipil and similar shade trees, are being cultivated
in underutilised areas in the Puttalam and Embilipitiya districts for
The advantages of converting petroleum based heat generation into
sustainable wood base heat generation are many". The more important of
which are savings in foreign exchange for the country, creating
employment opportunities in rural areas and reduction in soil
degradation and erosion through increased tree cover," he said.
"From a Company point of view we are looking at an annual cost
reduction of between Rs. 35 - 40 million initially.
The possibility of extending the use of wood gasification in stages
into other areas of energy consumption will also be considered
M/s. Lucky de Chickera - Managing Director, Amaranath Uswattearachchi
- Assistant General Manager (Finance) and Thajitha Perera - Factory
Manager represented LWMPL while M/s. Indika Gallage - Managing Director,
Ruwan Nagahawatte - Engineer & Chamika Perera - Engineer represented
EnerFab (Pvt) Limited at the discussion and Agreement signing.