Sri Lanka regulator raps electricity utility for deviating from plan

ECONOMYNEXT – The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has expressed its grave concerns to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the state electricity utility, for deviating from its approved long term generation plan and delaying building new plants.

A PUCSL statement said the concern was expressed in a directive issued Friday to the CEB over the delay in constructing the power plants according to the approved Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP).

It said the latest communication from CEB to PUCSL shows that there is an “enormous time gap” with its implementation plan compared to the approved LCLTGEP and that the island would face a critical power supply situation during 2017-2020.

“The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka approved the LCLTGEP on 15th of September 2016 and it is the sole responsibility of the Transmission licensee to adhere to approved LCLTGEP and take immediate steps to implement it, given the criticality of the power supply during 2017-2020,” the PUCSL said.

“Critical plants for the period of 2017-2020 have been delayed up to two years from the LCLTGEP which ultimately result in not meeting the country’s timely required electricity demand and may create issues to the continuation of supply of electricity throughout the country.

“Delay in implementation of the power plants from the approved LCLTGEP will result in failure to meet the electricity demand during the 2017-2020 period,” PUCSL said.

The PUCSL has demanded that the CEB give reasons for the deviation from the approved LCLTGEP for each and every power plant and provide a report on the impact of the power situation during 2017-2020 due to deviating from the approved LCLTGEP.

It also asked the CEB to provide solutions or proposals to meet the electricity demand, in the event there is an impact on continued power supply due to the deviation from the approved LCLTGEP, during the 2017-2020 period.

(COLOMBO, Nov 18, 2016)





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