Sri Lanka regulator approves CEB power plan
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s power regulator has approved a long term generation plan submitted by state-run Ceylon Electricity Board, which includes coal, under several conditions, which is expected to avert a threatened shut-down of a coal plant.
The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka said it is approving a long term generation plan for 2018-2037, following a government policy approved on May 09 which includes coal, and because a trade union of engineers could cause a ‘public nuisance’.
The CEB’s Engineers Union are on work-to-rule protesting the removal of coal from a base case generation plan by the regulator, and instead approving an alternate scenario with amendments, citing a government ‘no coal’ policy.
The engineers were threatening to shut down a 900 MW coal plant today (June 12) for which an environmental license had been delayed amid legal action by environmentalists.
They had said that under a work-to-rule they cannot operate a plant that was ‘illegal’.
The CEBEU is now expected to suspend its work-to-rule campaign, union sources said, which will avert a shutdown of the coal plant.
The Commission also asked the CEB to accommodate three liquefied natural gas power plants of up to 1,400 MegaWatts which had been approved by the cabinet outside the power plan.
The engineers union had protested the LNG plants earlier saying they were taken without competitive bidding.
There is no public information available on the heat rates or prices of the plants. (Colombo/June12/2018)