COLOMBO, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government has appointed an inter-ministerial officials committee to draw up a roadmap to achieve energy security, a statement from the Petroleum Ministry said here on Friday.
The move followed the cabinet's recent approval of a proposal to this effect by Minister of Petroleum Industries Susil Premajayantha.
Accordingly short, medium and long term plans towards energy security will be drawn up, the statement said.
"The intention of the committee is to come up with a plan for promoting energy security within the country in four months. Two meetings have already been held and the ministers together with the other officials are dedicated to the effort," it said.
Issues such as energy generation, financing, storage and distribution, policy to introduce Liquid Natural Gas (LNG), development of alternative and renewable energy, future demand and trends will be considered in preparing the roadmap.
Sri Lanka is currently facing a drought, which has severely depleted the hydro generation of the country.
The Power and Energy Ministry has called on the people to conserve energy to prevent power cuts and maintain generation until September when the next round of monsoons arrives.