JVP Leader questions govt. on future of controversial deals with US firm


JVP leader, Anura Kumara Dissnayake demanded to know from the government yesterday whether they intended to grant 40% of ownership and contract for constructing a storage terminal and a pipeline and the supply of LNG for a period of five years to New Fortress Energy, an American company, through the already signed or the agreement due to be signed.

Mr. Dissanayake said that although the CEB and the CPC had called for international tenders for the construction of the storage terminal and the pipeline network, the government had granted the contract to the American company in violation of proper tender procedure.

Mr. Dissanayake said that the government was planning on handing over the gas supply contract to the American company for a period of five years, and asked if the government had estimated the total value of the entire project and the value of the Yugadanavi power plant.

The JVP leader also said that according to reports the government intended to hand over the LNG supply to the American company, not just for the Yugadhanavi power station, but for all other LNG power plants trio be constructed.

“This not only gives this American company a monopoly of LNG supply but also poses a threat to national security,” he said.

MP Dissanayake asked if all such agreements including those already inked and others to be signed between the government and the American company had been submitted for Cabinet approval or which of the agreements were submitted for approval.

The JVP Leader also noted that a separate office had been opened and staff appointed for the processing of the tender procedure.