ECONOMYNEXT – A breakdown in Sri Lanka’s Norochcholai power plant will see the country’s scheduled power cuts extended to three hours, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said.
UPDATE: The breakdown will not affect the one-hour-and-twenty-minute power cut scheduled for Monday August 15.
The one-hour-and-twenty-minute power cuts that were scheduled for Monday August 15 and Tuesday August 16 will be increased to a possible three hours.
Power & Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara tweeted that technical staff is trying to identify the cause of the breakdown.
“There has been a breakdown in the Unit 1 of Norochcholai Power Plant. Technical staff is working to identify the fault. Unit 2 is undergoing scheduled maintenance work. Unit 3 will continue to operate. West Coast & other Fuel Power Plants will be used to manage the supply,” he tweeted.
Sri Lanka’s daily power cut durations were reduced from three hours to one hour due to the supply of hydroelectricity thanks to heavy monsoon rains, and authorities had previously expressed that reduced power cuts could be maintained for a while.
Norochcholai has been in a constant state of breakdown or maintenance over the years, sometimes causing power cuts to parts of the island.
Two thirds of Sri Lanka’s electricity is generated by coal and fuel, and the loss-making CEB has to bear a huge cost due to the frequent breakdowns of Sri Lanka’s sole coal power plant. (Colombo/Aug15/2022)