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Sri Lanka regulator probes coal power plant breakdown

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s power sector regulator has announced a probe into the recent breakdown of the sole coal power plant which led to near islandwide power cuts.

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said it is obliged to investigate unexpected major failures in electricity generation that have a significant negative impact on continuity of the supply.
A statement said the PUCSL has appointed a three member committee, including engineers, to carry out an independent investigation of the recent break down of the 900MW Lakvijaya coal power plant at Norochcholai.

Shibly Aziz, former Attorney General and President Counsel has been appointed as the Chairman of the Committee.

R. I. Senaratne, Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka Collage of Engineering and Professor Kapila Perera, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa have been appointed as committee members.

The investigation team is required to investigate technical and non-technical evidence to find out the causes of the failure at Lakvijaya Power Station around 11.00 am on 15th October 2016.

The PUCSL said the team is also to analyze whether  the failure could have been prevented and make recommendations to prevent similar failures in future.

The breakdown resulted in power cuts of up to one and a half hours island wide excluding the Greater Colombo region.

“As the Electricity Regulator, PUCSL is obliged to ensure that a coordinated, efficient and economical system of electricity supply is provided and maintained throughout Sri Lanka at all times,” it said. “Unexpected major failures in the generation plants have a significant negative impact on continuity of the supply.”
(COLOMBO, October 25, 2016)

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