PUC recommendations ignored during construction of Norochcholai: Prof. Vitharana

PUC recommendations ignored during construction of Norochcholai: Prof. Vitharana

PUC recommendations ignored during construction of Norochcholai: Prof. Vitharana

Written by Staff Writer

18 Apr, 2016 | 7:52 pm

Former Minister Professor Tissa Vitharana says that the recommendations of the Public Utilities Commission were ignored during the construction of the Norohchcolai Coal Power Plant.

The professor was the head of the committee appointed under the previous government to look into the breakdowns of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant. Generator 3 at the Nororochcholai Coal Power Plant which was inoperational over the past few days, was brought back into operation.

All three power generators at the power plant are now in operation. On March 22, 2011, 300 megawatts of power was added to the national grid as phase one of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant which was constructed at a cost of 1.35 billion US Dollars.

Thereafter, a further 300 megawatts were added to the national grid under phases two and three respectively. During the course of its existence, the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant has broken down on 25 occassions.

Former Minister, Prof. Tissa Vitharana stated that it is the mechanical engineers who understand how to use the machinery, and not the electrical engineers. Therefore, the proper procedures were not followed, as decisions were made by those who do not possess the proper knowledge.

Questions were raised how the electrical engineers gained so much of power over the mechanical engineers. He added that electrical engineers gained the upper hand, without the assistance of the others.

Explaining further, he noted that the power generated by reservoirs at a cost of Rs 3.20 per unit, similarly a cost of Rs. 6.40 per unit is incurred for the power generated by the Norochcholai.

But when taking into consideration the agreement signed with private power suppliers, a minimum cost of Rs. 17 to 67 is charged for a period of five years with private businessman.

He also added that there is a possibility these issues were caused intentionally and went on to note that the Public Utilities Commission gave instructions when implementing phase one of Norochcholai to start with 100 megawatts of power under three stages, instead of drawing 300 megawatts at once; so one generator can be switched off when the need arises.

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