Maskeliya Dam

The Maskeliya Dam (also known as the Maussakelle Dam) is a large gravity dam at Maskeliya, in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Along with the Castlereigh Dam, the dams are the highest point and beginning of the Laxapana Hydropower Complex, involving a number of dams, penstocks, and hydroelectric power stations. The dam creates the Maskeliya Reservoir over the route of Maskeliya Oya, a major tributary of the Kelani River, which is the 4th longest in the country.[1]

Maskeliya Dam
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Maskeliya Dam is located in Sri Lanka
Maskeliya Dam
Location of Maskeliya Dam in Sri Lanka
CountrySri Lanka
LocationMaskeliya, Central Province
Coordinates06°50′37″N 80°32′56″E / 6.84361°N 80.54889°E / 6.84361; 80.54889
Opening dateMarch 1983 (1983-03)
Dam and spillways
Type of damGravity dam
ImpoundsMaskeliya Oya
Canyon Power Station
Coordinates06°52′09″N 80°31′40″E / 6.86917°N 80.52778°E / 6.86917; 80.52778
Turbines2 × 30 MW
Installed capacity60 MW

Power stationEdit

A 4.2 km (2.6 mi) penstock from the Maskeliya Reservoir, measuring 3 m (10 ft) in diameter, transfers water directly to the Canyon Hydroelectric Power Station, located further downstream. The 60-megawatt power station consists of two 30-megawatt units, commissioned in March 1983 and May 1988, respectively. Water from the Canyon Power Station is discharged into the Canyon Reservoir, located at the same site.[1][2][3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "CEB Hydropower Generation". Ceylon Electricity Board. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  2. ^ "CEB Generation Details: Laxapana Complex". Ceylon Electricity Board. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Hydroelectric Power Plants in Sri Lanka". 29 July 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2014.