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Load-shedding or power cuts from tonight for four days

ECONOMYNEXT – Electricity consumers around the country should expect load-shedding from tonight for at least four days, officials at the Ministry of Power said.

The load-shedding, or power cuts, will be an hour-long and take place between 6 pm and 10 pm media quoted the CEB General manager as saying.

The cuts will affect the whole country.

They said after yesterday’s massive power failure which occurred because of a fault at the Kerawalapitiya sub-station, the Norochcholai power plant has gone off the grid.

The 900-megawatt plant had burst valves, these sources said.

This has created a 300 MW shortfall and load-shedding or power cuts “is the only option” these sources said.

According to regulations, the Ceylon Electricity Board should apply to the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka before it enforces power cuts.

A PUCSL spokesman said the CEB had not applied for permission to enforce the power-cuts as of this afternoon.

There has been no official explanation for the complete power failure in the country yesterday, the day the new Cabinet Minister for Power Dullas Alahapperuma officially took over his new duties.

(Colombo, August 18, 2020) Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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