Sri Lanka may cut power until coal plants are re-started

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Electricity Board could cut power by two to three hours a day until a coal power complex is re-started following a sudden shutdown, sources said.

The first of the 300MegaWatt plants is likely to come online in the next two days.

The plants were shut down and taken off the grid (tripped) following after a transmission line tripped.

It takes several days for a plant to cool and re-start after being checked over.

Emergency shutdowns can also damage some components. Some components of plants are designed to blow to protect the system.

Sources said the two plants of the complex may take longer to re-start. Engineers cannot access components until the plants are cooled down, which takes several days.

Sri Lanka is going through a severe drought. But over the last two days, some rains have come to the upper reaches of the Kelani River where several hydro plants are located. More power is also expected from mini-hydro plants with the rains. (Colombo/Oct17/2016)

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