Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
15 May, 2015 | 4:37 am
According to Minister of Power and Energy Patali Chapika Ranawaka three thermal power plants will be shut down within this year.
Addressing a media briefing on Thursday (May 14th) the minister announced that this decision was taken after taking into consideration the losses incurred through the agreement signed with the power plants.
Thereby the thermal power plants present in Matara, Puttlam and Embilipitiya will be shut down. One of the reasons which could have prompted the decision is the annual payment of Rs. 3-3.5 billion rupees as compulsory capacity fees for the said power stations.
Minister Ranawaka opines that by shutting down the Matara (20MW), Embilipitiya (100 MW) and Puttlam (100MW) power plants the CEB will be able to save over 3 billion rupees annually.
However the Kelanitissa power plant will continue to function as per the agreement reached.
The Minister also revealed that cabinet approval has been granted to cancel 5 contracts through which fuel had been imported into the country in an adhoc manner
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