Dry weather threatens to bring hydro power to a halt; coal power plants to take over

Dry weather threatens to bring hydro power to a halt; coal power plants to take over

Dry weather threatens to bring hydro power to a halt; coal power plants to take over

Written by Staff Writer

09 Mar, 2016 | 9:00 pm

Hydro electricity generation has dropped to 25 percent from the total electricity generation, due the prevalent dry weather. The Ceylon Electricity Board says that the that this situation has arisen as water levels at reservoirs surrounding hydro power plants are ebbing.

The water levels in reservoirs have dropped by 49 percent,  as a result of the dry weather experienced over the past few months. The Met Department says that this situation was due to the insufficient rainfall received through the  Northeastern monsoon. The Minister of Power and Renewable Energy points out that most of the 2200 MW of electricity needed daily, is generated through coal.

Secretary of the Ministry of Power and Energy, Suren Batagoda stated that they expect dry weather conditions till April. Therefore, they request the public to be careful when using water and electricity.

Explaining further, he noted that the reason for this situation is because electricity will be generated in the next few months from coal power plants as the unit cost of it is approximately Rs.20.

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