ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Petroleum Corporation will give enough diesel to generate electricity for eight days from the latest shipment being unloaded, Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila said.
A ship currently anchored off Sri Lanka is carrying 37,500 metric tonnes of fuel. The Central Bank has agreed to give foreign exchange for the ship.
“I have instructed the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation to give 10,000 tonnes to the Ceylon Electricity Board,” Minister Gammanpila told reporters.
“The CEB needs about 1,500 tonnes a day and this will be enough for 8 days.”
A 163MW combined cycle plant at the Kelanitissa is shut down. By around 2.30pm GT-7 (a 100MW gas turbine) is expected to run out of fuel.
Sources at the utility say if diesel deliveries happen during the day, one hour power cuts in the evening could be avoided.
The CPC had delivered 900 tonnes of furnace oil to CEB which has allowed it to operated a 50MW plant in Sapugaskande.
The CEB has suggested scheduled power cuts and the regulator approved them last week but it was suddenly abandoned, leading to unscheduled load shedding.
The CEB’s diesel and furnace oil needs unexpectedly went up after a 300 MW coal plant went down.
Minister Gammanpila said a diesel ship comes to Colombo about once a week and a petrol ship every 5 days. However there are foreign exchange shortages. (Colombo/Jan19/2021)