Human error confirmed as the cause of island-wide power failure

Human error confirmed as the cause of island-wide power failure

Human error confirmed as the cause of island-wide power failure

Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi

26 Aug, 2020 | 8:03 am

COLOMBO (News 1st): A Human Error identified as a fault of an employee at the Kerawalapitiya Grid Sub-station was confirmed as the cause for the island-wide power failure on Monday the 17th of August, the investigations conducted by the committee appointed to probe the incident revealed on Wednesday (Aug 26).

According to a high ranking officer at the Ministry of Power, the power failure at the Kerawalapitiya Grid Sub-station was the cause for failure of the Norochcholai power plant.

“Based on the investigation conducted by the committee, disruption to the equilibrium of this system had led to the power failure,” the high ranking officer further revealed.

The report compiled by the committee also contains information on the measures that should be followed to prevent such an incident in the future.

The final report compiled by the committee appointed to probe the island-wide power failure will be submitted to the cabinet of ministers today (Aug 26), Spokesperson at the Ministry of Power, Sulakshana Jayawardena said; adding that the report was handed over to Subject Minister, Dullas Alahapperuma on Monday (24th August).

The report has been compiled following an in-depth investigation into all causes that led to the island-wide power failure on the 17th of August.

The 09-member committee appointed to probe the incident is headed by Additional Secretary Hemantha Samarakoon.

The committee was appointed to probe the island-wide power failure, as well as to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence.

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