Written by Staff Writer
23 Mar, 2016 | 9:29 pm
Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya presented facts to parliament on the countrywide black-outs experienced recently.
Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya stated that they could not supply the Committee Interim Report to President Sirsena. According to the report, the Ministry has taken short term and long term measures to provide an uninterrupted supply of electricity to the country.
Explaining further, he added that according to the engineers’ opinion when plans were made for the Norochcholai Power Plant, they had not been made to completely suit the country’s power grid. Therefore, due to the changes in the power grid the Norochcholai Power Plant is always at risk.
He went on to note that the issue is when the power plant malfunctions, the machinery at the plant cannot be brought back into operation for around three to four days, until the machines cool down. In the event hydro power supply is limited, and if the coal power plant is dysfunctional, there could be scarcity of power in the country for around three to four days – which will lead to a possible disruption of power.
Further, he added that if electricity is provided continuously during such difficult times, it is the view of experts that it is essential to operate thermal power plants with an equal power capacity as the coal power plant.
Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya noted that while a team of skilled officials has been appointed as an immediate measure, a team of special officials has also been established for systems management.
An emergency response committee comprising of a retired General Manager of CEB and Prof. K.K.B. Perera has been appointed to look into maintenance work at high importance locations and report within a week.
While an operations committee will be appointed to plan all maintenance work and look into the the necessary procedures which could be implemented, it will function under the supervision of a senior additional general manager, taking measures to properly and immediately manage fuel stocks.
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