Power Crisis: COPE probes into three recent power failures

Power Crisis: COPE probes into three recent power failures

Power Crisis: COPE probes into three recent power failures

Written by Lahiru Fernando

23 Aug, 2016 | 9:11 pm

A report by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has revealed that flaws in the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant resulted in several nation wide power-disruptions in the recent past.

During the past year, three separate island-wide power-disruptions affected the Sri Lankan people

The first disruption

September 27, 2015 – 11:53 p.m.

The second disruption

February 25,  2016 – 02:04 p.m.

Third and final disruption

March 13m  2016 – 02:20 p.m.

COPE report

According to the report, the failure to carry out proper maintenance on the transformer was cited as one of the key reasons for the power-failures. The report also note that there were many shortcomings in maintaining machinery. Furthermore, the report questions the credibility of the advice given by a Japanese firm who created the maintenance practices and time tables for the machinery.

Adding up to the list of shortcomings, the report also point out shortcomings at the Norochcholai Coal-Powered Power Plant as causes for the power-failures.

The Chinese Connection…

The COPE report says that the supplier for the Chinese funded power-plant was chosen by China.

Report further says that construction of the first phase took place under minimum supervision while construction of the second and third phases also took place under similar conditions. It points out that the inspections expected to be carried out by the Government of Sri Lanka in the first phase construction had not been carried out as well.

In its inquiry over the power-failures , COPE has called for a report inclusive of all details of all transformers in the country and the day they were put into use, maintenance dates and future maintenance dates.

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