Written by Tharushan Fernando
27 Feb, 2016 | 9:08 pm
The Ceylon Electricity Board said on Saturday that operations at the currently dysfunctional Norochcholai Power Plant will be completely restored by Monday evening.
The Ceylon Electricity Board continues to urge the general public to use electricity sparingly, mainly after 6.00 p.m. in the evening.
The Norochcholai Power Plant became completely dysfunctional on February 25. A full capacity of 900 MW from Norochcholai Power Plant is added to the national grid.
Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board, Anura Wijepala noted that the primary steps will be completed by evening and “hopefully the connection to the grid will commence by tomorrow and by Monday morning. The first unit will be connected and based on that the power plant will be completely operational.”
The normal electricity generation in Sri Lanka is between 3800 – 3900 Mega Watts. 2200 MW of electricity is used for normal purposes. The consumption of electricity during the weekends in 1900 Mega Watts.
The Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board noted that there will be no need to cut down electricity today or tomorrow because there is power and a standby unit. He stated however that if there is a break down there will be a power failure situation.
He stated however that there is maximum capacity at present but urged consumers to ensure that electricity is used sparingly from between 6.30 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. in order to provide an uninterrupted supply of electricity
Following the countrywide power-failure experience on the 25th, the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy appointed two committee to inquire into incident. However, trade unions point out that appointing committee would not solve the issue.
Ceylon Electricity Board Union General Secretary, Ranjan Jayalal noted that on previous instances committees were appointed. However, the recommendations of those committee were never made available to the media or the general public. But the public must be made aware of the committee recommendations.
“If the people must remain in darkness for several hours, what is the use of the electricity Board? ” he charged
Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board, Anura Wijepala noted that the protection systems will be broadened at the generation plants and supply lines, mainly to protect them from lightning strikes
There were unannounced power-cuts experienced in several areas on Friday. Electricity is supplied to the National Grid via several areas. One is the hydro electricity generation where the main contributor is the Victoria Power Plant, which adds 210 MW of power to the National Grid. A capacity of 477 MW is provided to the National Grid by the Kotmale , Upper Kotmale and Randenigala power plants.
Twenty of the eighteen hydro-power plants supply electricity to the National Gird while the Boralanda and Moragahakanda plants are still under construction. They are expected to add 60 MW of power to the grid.
Sri Lanka currently has eight fuel-powered power-plants and they add 1205 MW of power to the national grid.
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