Pre-dawn power failure caused by technical flaw – CEB

Pre-dawn power failure caused by technical flaw – CEB

Written by Staff Writer

28 Sep, 2015 | 8:29 pm

The Ceylon Electricity Board is attributing  four hour long countrywide power-failure at dawn on Monday to a technical flaw that arose due to a significant drop in demand. This is the first countrywide power failure to be experienced in five years.

A countrywide power failure was experienced at about 11:53 last night. The power supply was gradually restored from around 2 .am. onMonday

General Secretary of the CEB Jathika Sewaka Sangamaya Ranjan Jayalal said that there are three 300 megawatt power stations at the Norochcholai Thermal Power Plant and the first power station has been under repairs for about 100 days now.

He added that the trip went off or rather a breakdown occurred in the second generator about two days ago and ‘even that is under repairs’.

He stated:

The third generator was providing the electricity needed for the grid last night. A sudden breakdown occurred at about five minutes to midnight or at exactly 11:55 last night. Due to the imbalance that this caused in the system, an islandwide power failure was experienced. This was caused by a mechanical fault.

Secretary of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy Dr. Suren Batagoda noted that they believe that the power failure was caused because the grid could not handle the imbalance between the maximum and minimum demand and they believe they will be able to restore power generation at the Norochcholai power plant for the peak time between 6 and 9:30 tonight and that they will be able to correct the problem

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