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Coal and Referendum

June 23, 2016

Last night. Singapore, drinks with Brits. Talking about the British referendum vote. And then trying to change the subject when it became clear we were on different sides. Then a swerve into Sri Lanka by a commodities trader.

“I’ve been to Sri Lanka a few time, on business. I tell you what. They have one coal fired plant but they are harder to deal with than the whole of India. It is so corrupt. Whats his name: the guy who was voted out. Rajapaksa, and his brothers. They built a plant in that place on the east coast. Puttalam? Yes, thats it. Ridiculous place to put a power station. Its on the Indian Ocean side and because of the monsoon, boats can only reach it half the year. And its very tidal, and coal can’t be delivered there directly.

Theres another one being built soon, in Trincomalee. Its better as at least its a deep water port. But honestly, the corruption when I was there, was dreadful.”




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