ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s power crisis continues with outages of 2.5 hours scheduled for all parts of the country on Wednesday (09) between 8am and 11pm due to inadequate supply of fuel for thermal power generation.
According to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) power cut schedule for Wednesday, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K and L areas will face 2.5-hour power cuts between 8am and 6pm and 1 hour and 15 minutes between 6pm and 11pm.
For the T, U, V, W, R, S, P and Q areas 2-hour power cuts will be imposed between 9am and 5pm and one-hour power cuts between 5pm and 9pm.
The CEB said “there will be extended power cuts throughout the day to limit further hydro drawdown without prior notice,” in case of “any thermal plant unavailability as mentioned in the statement.
The CEB said Sapugaskanda A, Uthuru Janani and Sojitz plants have enough fuel to run for 1.1 days, 1.1 days and two days respectively.
Sapugaskanda B and Kelanitissa power plants have fuel to run for another 0.6 days and 0.5 days respectively.
Other plants do not have enough fuel to run for another 12 hours.
Though the CEB has issued the power shedding schedule, the power regulator of the country, the Public Utility Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), has not published any approved schedule at the time of writing.
CEB said there is a power deficit of 307 MW for the day peak, 347 MW for the evening peak and 307 MW for the night peak. (Colombo/ March 08/2022)