Biomass Training Workshop for Engineers & Boiler Operators

Biomass Training Workshop for Engineers, Boiler Operators from the Export Processing Zones and Industries and Law Enforcement Officers

Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA), supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Sri Lanka is currently implementing the Sustainable Biomass Energy Project (SBEP) with the financial assistance of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The objective of the project is to enhance the knowledge of identified stakeholders from the industries using biomass as the major source of energy.

SBEP had assigned SLEMA to organize training workshops for the target group of the project, aiming to share knowledge on biomass energy technology and efficient use of biomass. Twelve training workshops had been planned for four categories covering engineers, factory officers, engineers from export processing zones and law enforcement officers.

Training workshops for engineers and boiler operators from Katunayake, Biyagama and Seethawaka Export Processing Zones (EPZs), and other industries were held at following venues.

The objective of the workshop held for engineers and boiler operators was to provide knowledge on efficient use of firewood and operating & maintenance of boilers and thermic heaters in four EPZs. The workshop topics covered the current scenario of biomass energy in Sri Lanka, related economics and regulatory aspects, efficiency improvement techniques, and operation and maintenance guidelines including safe use of biomass. Practical sessions were included in all workshops. Mr. M.W. Leelaratne, Mr. Luxman Jansz, Dr. Chaminda Karunasena, Ms. Thamara Dilhani, Mr. Jayantha Sirikumara, Mr. Nimal Perera and Mr. Saman Wijerathna formed the panel of resource persons. Training workshops for law enforcement officers were held at following venues.

The objective of the workshop held for law enforcement officers was to provide insight into the biomass energy sector and the operation of a sustainable supply chain. Officers from Monaragala, Homagama, Colombo and Kurunagala district secretariats, Forest Department of Sri Lanka, Department of Wild Life Conservation and Sri Lanka Police participated the workshops. The workshop topics covered the overview of the biomass energy industry, rules and regulations of fuel and wood transportation, biomass energy terminals and standards for sustainable production of biomass. Mr. Sanath Kithsiri, Mr. Rashal Weerasinghe, Ms. Thamara Dilhani, and Mr. Jayantha Siri Kumara formed the panel of resource persons.