CEB Crisis: PUCSL to investigate sudden breakdown at Norochcholai

CEB Crisis: PUCSL to investigate sudden breakdown at Norochcholai

CEB Crisis: PUCSL to investigate sudden breakdown at Norochcholai

Written by Lahiru Fernando

19 Oct, 2016 | 6:42 am

Due to the ongoing power-shortage, many areas excluding the greater Colombo and several other selected zones will experience a daily power-outage of one and a half hours. (Complete report – Click Here)

It was revealed that Hydro power generation has dropped to 34% due to the arid weather conditions that continue to effect the country.

Thereby, 65.5% of the power requirement is supplied via thermal [lants and this requirement for the past few days was provided through the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant.

Operations of one electricity supply line from Norochcholai was ceased for maintenance recently.

However, due to the imbalance caused by using the second line from Norochcholai to transmit power, the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant suffered a technical failure…

Pipes on one system were damaged, while the pipes in the second system caught fire due to an overload. At present all three power units that generate 300 Mega Watts of electricity each, are inactive.

This power plant came under strong criticism in the past and suffered two break downs this year alone which left the entire country in darkness.

The Power-Plant was constructed at a cost of $1.346 Billion (US) based on an agreement reached with the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and the Ceylon Electricity Board. The maintenance of the Norochcholai power plant is mainly handled by the Chinese. In addition an exorbitant cost had to be borne for maintenance, repairs and for the Chinese expertise.

Parakrama Jayasinghe (Energy Expert) commented on the situation saying that the current situation is extremely disappointing. The Norachcholai plant has broken down around 50 times since it was constructed, he said.

Patron of the ‘CEB Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya’ G. Weerasekera pointed out that Malpractices at the CEB cannot be probed into by appointing officers and committees from the CEB.

“There are Presidential Commissions and the FCID. If a committee is appointed to probe only the CEB, then all these acts will be exposed…” he added.

Meanwhile, the  Public Utilities Commission has decided to probe the matter. The commission’s DG Damitha Kumarasinghe stated that the commission will focus on how to salvage the power-plant, as well as on the operations of the plant.

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