ECONOMYNEXT – A breakdown in an emergency generator of the Ceylon Electricity Board’s Lakvijaya power plant won’t impact consumers, the CEB said on Friday.
“An emergency breakdown occurred in the high pressure heater system of Unit 02 Generator, at the Norochcholai Lakvijaya power plant. Staff are doing everything to restore operations,” CEB media spokesman Noel Priyantha was quoted as saying in the press release.
“There will be no interruption to power supply, as hydro plants are supplying power at maximum capacity.”
“The power plant’s third generator has completed the Level A – Major Overhaul, and a test run is being carried out. It is expected that this generator will be able to produce electricity soon.”
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 must bear a huge cost due to the frequent breakdowns of Sri Lanka’s sole coal power plant.
Currently the highest percentage of the power to the main grid is being generated by the coal power plant.
According to the CEB data, the coal power plant generate approximately 50 percent of the daily power needed while the thermal power plants generate 23 percent to the main grid. (Colombo/Nov18/2023)