|Construction began||17 July 2013|
|Construction cost||US$82 million|
|Dam and spillways|
|Type of dam||Gravity dam|
|Height (thalweg)||24 m (79 ft)|
|Length||114 m (374 ft)|
|Total capacity||198,000 m3 (7,000,000 cu ft)|
|Catchment area||201 km2 (78 sq mi)|
|Normal elevation||122 m (400 ft)|
|Turbines||2 x 17.5 MW|
|Installed capacity||35 MW|
|Annual generation||126 GWh|
The Broadlands Dam (also known as the Broadlands Hydropower Project by the developers) is a 35 MW run-of-the-river hydroelectric complex currently under construction in Kitulgala, Sri Lanka. The project is expected to be completed in 2020, and will consist of two dams, and a power station further downstream.
With an estimated annual generation capacity of 126 GWh , the facility will be the country's last major hydroelectric project, due to the exhaustion of island-wide hydropower potential. Construction of the project was ceremonially inaugurated by the Minister of Power and Energy Mrs. Pavithra Wanniarachchi at the auspicious time of 11:01 on 17 July 2013.
Approximately 85% of the US$82 million project funding was met via credit arrangements made with the Chinese government, with the rest borne via a loan from the local Hatton National Bank. The construction contract of the project was granted to the China National Electric Equipment Corporation (CNEEC).
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A secondary gravity weir, measuring 19 m (62 ft) and 48 m (157 ft) in height and length, is also to be built in the vicinity, over the nearby Kehelgamu Oya, to provide additional hydroelectric capacity. The weir, to be called the Kehelgamu Weir, will create a catchment area of 176 km2 (68 sq mi), and will provide additional head to the penstock of the main dam via a 811 m (2,661 ft) tunnel.
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