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Tuesday January 25th, 2022
Energy

Sri Lanka CEB engineers suspend work-to-rule

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union has suspended a work-to-rule campaign initiated against an unsolicited deal to give LNG procurement to a US based company, an official said.

“We suspended the work-to-rule campaign at the request of the President and positive response to our demands,” CEBEU President Saumya Kumarawadu said.

The CEBEU escalated its industrial action this week after a senior official who was suddenly sent on compulsory leave.

The move came the same day as the power grid was hit by a cascading failure, days after engineers warned of blackouts if the controversial deal went through.

The deal involving the supply of a floating LNG terminal as well as energy on a take-or-pay basis, where CEB has to pay compensation has to be paid if fuel is no purchased, union officials have said.

The deal was made as a Build Operate Terminal (BOT) floating terminal tender was in called. (Colombo/Dec03/2021)

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