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Tuesday January 25th, 2022
Energy

Sri Lanka power cuts Thursday after fuel fired plants down

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is facing power cuts in excess of one hour after several plants went off the grid, sources at the power utility said.

A 163 MegaWatt combined cycle power plant at Kelanitissa was shut down after running out of fuel while a 100MW gas turbine and small GT also tripped.

Ceylon Electricity Board customers are likely to face 1 hour 45 minute power cuts in the areas listed in an earlier published schedule.

However the plants had tripped at around 1400 hours requiring load shedding from early late afternoon from around 1430 hours, sources said.

As per the earlier schedule, rolling power cuts were to start Thursday with ‘Group B’ feeders.

The CEB had earlier sought permission from the Public Utilities Commission to have one hour rolling power cuts.

Permission was given to cut power subject to availability of plants and fuel. Though the CPC had promised to supply fuel to the CEB as a priority, disruptions were expected.

Repairs at at 300 MW coal plant and 275MW West Coast plant has reduced extra capacity margin the utility.

Sri Lanka has printed money to keep interest rates low, triggering forex shortages and a balance of payments crisis. (Colombo/Jan13/2021)

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