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Development of Port in Oluvil

Government of Sri Lanka, in its plan to give impetus to economic development in the Eastern region, has decided to build a port at a site in Oluvil. Under the “Nagenahira Navodaya” Programme which was launched to expedite the development activities in the region, higher priority was given for the Oluvil Development Project which will no doubt be an economic infrastructure the catalyst for the growth of the Eastern Region of Sri Lanka.

This port will form the southeastern link in the developing chain of coastal harbours in the country and will provide more convenient and cost effective access to and from the southeastern region for goods and cargo originating on the west coast.

The proposed project comprises the construction of a Commercial harbor and a basin for the fishing crafts and it covers a land area of 60ha in the first stage and 105ha in the second stage. The harbor basin would cover an area of 16ha of the sea and would spread 1.2km along the coast line.

Stage  I

Commercial Harbour

Commercial Harbour consists of harbour basin for 5000 DWT ships, breakwater length of 1320m, harbour basin depth of 8m, Quay wall length of 330m, having other facilities as Pilot Station, Prefabricated Warehouse, Administration Building, Engineering Staff Building and Officers' Quarters.

Fishery Harbour

Fishery Harbour consists of small craft basin depth of 3m quay wall (small crafts) length of 220m water area of 06ha and other facilities as Ice Plant and Cold Storage Facilities, Fish Auction Halls, Refrigerated Storage, Net Mending Facilities, Administration Building and Other facilities.

The project was commenced on 1st July 2008 and successfully completed on 15th November 2012 with a project cost of Euro 46 million.

A study is plan to overcome the crosion and the siltation issue in the channel.

Stage  II

The stage II consists of development the harbour to cater for 16,000 tons ships, increasing of harbour basin to 11m and construction of additional 470m quay wall and other structures..

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