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Sri Lanka electricity generation up 8.1-pct in 2016

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s power generation roe 8.1 percent to 14,149 GigaWatt hours in 2016, with a sharp drop in hydro generation amid a drought, underscoring the importance of coal power in the system.

Hydro power generated by state-run Ceylon Electricity Board fell 29 percent to 3,481GWh.

Non-conventional renewable energy, made up mostly of private mini-hydro power, also fell 21 percent t 1,158GWh.

A 900 MegaWatt coal power complex has generated 5.947GWh of energy or full 35 percent of the power, rising 13.6 percent from a year earlier.

Power generated by fuel oil rose 118 percent to 1,246GWh.

Private thermal plants also generated 3,322GWh of energy, up 23.5 percent from a year earlier. (Colombo/Apr12/2017)


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