Generator at Norochcholai stalls again; questions arise over suitability of proposed coal power plant

Generator at Norochcholai stalls again; questions arise over suitability of proposed coal power plant

Generator at Norochcholai stalls again; questions arise over suitability of proposed coal power plant

Written by Lahiru Fernando

12 Apr, 2016 | 10:03 pm

A generator at the Norochcholai power plant has stalled  again. However, according to Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P. Perera, the process of providing an uninterrupted supply of electricity will not be hindered.

The third generator at the Norochcholai power plant stalled on the night of Monday, April 11, night due to a water leak from the boiler.

The Norochcholai power plant, as a whole, add 900 MW of electricity to the National Grid. One hundred and fifty (150) MW of that electricity is provided by the plant’s Generator No. 1, which is currently under maintenance. Generator No. 2 adds 300 MW of electricity to the National Grid. Therefore,  the electricity obtained from the Norochcholai power plant has been restricted to 425 MW. Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ajith P. Perera stated:

Problems related to technical issues, shortcomings in planning and maintainance, all of which have been affecting the system for a long time has resulted in us facing a very dangerous situation.

The deputy Minister noted that Generator No.3 can be repaired in three days, as believed by the engineers. Furthermore, Ajith P. Perera stated that the Mahaweli Reservoirs will commence releasing water for the harvesting of the Yala Season on April 15.. This, according to him, will add 350 MW to the grid.

Electricity generated on Monday, April 11 – According to the Ceylon Electricity Board.

Hydro electricity – 22.86%
Thermal Oil power – 22.56%
Coal – 32.64%
Wind power – 0.38%

The Norochcholai Power Plant has broken down on 25 separate occasions since its construction. The numbers beg the following questions…

Who was instrumental in building the power-plant in Sri Lanka?
How much was spent to construct the power-plant?
Who benefited from this project?
At a time when the Norochcholai Power Plant is marred with issues, is it suitable to go ahead with the proposed coal-powered power plant?

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