Sri Lanka President asks regulator, CEB to discuss disputed long-term generation plan
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the regulator and Ceylon Electricity Board to discuss a disputed long term generation plan and implement it, following a meeting with power engineers union and officials, a statement said.
"The Ceylon Electricity Board has prepared the long-term power generation plan, including the details of new Power Plants which should be constructed during the time period of 2018-2037 to meet the electricity demand of the country," the statement said.
"During the meeting, the President emphasized to the officials the necessity of prompt implementation of these works and further said that if there are obstacle to implement this plan, they should take steps to eliminate those obstructions by holding discussions."
The CEB’s Engineering Union was planning to go for industrial action on May 08, saying a 2018-2937 long term generation plan had not been approved by the regulator and the document had been altered exceeding its powers and coal plants had been chopped in favour of liquefied natural gas with disputed costs.
The regulator had denied the charges and said it was acting according to government policy.
The statement was not very clear whether the statement was referring to the original submitted by the regulator or the plan approved by the regulator.
The President had asked the Engineers Union not to engage in trade union action on May 08 and had also promised to discuss the matter at cabinet, the statement said.