Investigation reports on recent blackouts to be presented to president and parliament

Investigation reports on recent blackouts to be presented to president and parliament

Investigation reports on recent blackouts to be presented to president and parliament

Written by Lahiru Fernando

21 Mar, 2016 | 9:34 pm

Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says the reports on investigations conducted into the recent blackouts will be presented to thepPresident and parliament on Wednesday March 23.

Transformers at two of the main grid sub-stations owned by the CEB in Biyagama and Kotugoda were damaged due to explosions recently. Speaking at a media briefing held on Monday, March 21, the Minister noted that a team from Germany is currently inspecting the two damaged transformers.

The first explosion at the Biyagama Sub-Station on Sunday March 13 triggered countrywide blackout when the Norochcholai Power Plant automatically ceased operations. As a result of the time taken to re-power the Norochcholai Power Plant, the CEB was unable to maintain an uninterrupted power supply throughout the country in the following week.

However, shortly after normalcy was restored through the re-powering of the Norochcholai plant on Friday, another explosion damaged a transformer at the Kotugoda Grid Sub-Station.

One of the investigations is being conducted by a Japanese team which is due to submit a report in two days.

Meanwhile, as a result of hydro power generation being limited to 22 percent due to prevailing dry weather conditions, the CEB has become increasingly dependent on thermal power plants.

CEB data indicates that 44.7 percent of the national power supply is being met through high cost fossil fuel power plants belonging to both the government and private sectors.

Ministry Secretary Suren Batagoda points out that, given the current situation, this step has been taken to ensure an uninterrupted power supply.

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