Power plants remain shut down; questions raised in Parliament

Power plants remain shut down; questions raised in Parliament

Written by Bella Dalima

23 Jan, 2014 | 10:13 pm

The New Lakshapana and Canyon Power  plants have been shutdown for routine maintenance.

Deputy General Manager of Enterprise and Operation Strategies at the Ceylon Electricity Board Senajith Dassanayake stated that the Kelanitissa and Norochcholai Power Plants remain non-operational.

As of Wednesday the Rantambe, Randenigala  and Norochcholai Power Plants as well as a section of the Kelantissa Power Plant were inactive.

The Ceylon Electricity Board  on Thursday announced that the operations at the Rantembe Power  Plant and a section of the  Rangenigala Power Plant have been restored.

Deputy General Manager Dassanayake said that the national grid loses 350 megawatts of  power due to the status of the Kelanitissa, Norochcholai , New Lakshapana and Canyon Power plants.

Sri Lanka’s electricity requirement is met by thermal, hydro and wind energy. The electricity requirement varies on a daily basis and generation of thermal power stood at 73.7% on Wednesday, while 25.2% was generated using hydro energy. Wind energy was utilised to generate 1.1% of the country’s electricity demand.

Meanwhile, questions were raised in Parliament on Thursday over the Norochcholai Power Plant.

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