Written by Tharushan Fernando
23 Apr, 2016 | 9:24 pm
The Public Utilities Commission says that there is a mismatch of information provided by the Ceylon Electricity Board to the Cabinet and to the PUCSL with regard to the purchase of emergency power.
Hence, it was noted that the commission had decided not to grant permission for the procurement emergency electricity of 55MW.
On March 28, the Ceylon Electricity Board informed the Cabinet Committee on Eoconomic Management that it need s to procure emergency electricity of 135 MW.The request read that Embilipitiya, Beliatta, Matara, New Galle and Hambantota would require a capacity of 95 MW while Ukuwela, Kurunegala, Pallekele , Nauala and Habarana would require 40 MW.
Although Cabinet had granted approval for this requirement, it is paramount to forward the request to the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka for approval.
On April 1, this year, the Ceylon Electricity Board had requested approval from the Public Utilities Commission to purchase electricity from a private generating plant. However, rejecting the request, the PUCSL noted that there was no emergency to make such a purchase.
The Commission said that generation plan presented did not indicate of any such requirement.
The letter by the Commission also reads that certain information provided by the Ceylon Electricity Board was not accurate.
However, an inquiry from the Chairman of the CEB on Saturday evening revealed that the Ceylon Electricity Board had procured 100MW to the National Grid from a Private Generation Plant in Embilipitiya.
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