ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has scheduled a power cut of 4 hours on Saturday March 05 and 2.5 hours on Sunday March 06, the Public Utilities Commission said after fuel supplies improved slightly amid a drought.
On Saturday P,Q,R,S,T,W areas would have 3 hours of power cuts from 0830am to 0530pm and 1 hour from 0600pm and 1000pm.
Areas E & F would have 4 hours of power cuts from 830am to 430pm and 3 hours from 0430pm to 1030pm.
On Sunday March 06, 2.5 hours from 0900am to 0430om only for ABC arreas.
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The CEB says there is a deficit of 423 Megawatts (MW) for the day peak, 253 MW for the evening peak and 407 MW for night peak for Saturday (5).
Power deficit for Sunday is 110 Megawatts (MW) for the day peak.
CEB said by Sunday (06) under the current situations, all thermal power plants will be forced shut down except Uthuru Janani and Sojitz power plants due to having enough fuel to run for another 3.2 days and 1.1 days.
Newly appointed power Minister Gamini Lokuge on Friday (04) told reporters, three diesel ships have come to the port.
“From March 18 onwards, Sri Lanka will receive fuel that comes from the Indian credit line that will be enough till May,” Lokuge said.
“After that we need to look at the fuel refineries in the country.”
However industry officials say until rains return to fill the hydro reservoirs there has to be power cuts even if all the thermal plants are run.
CEB said, 33 kilovolts feeders feeding to Water pumping stations, Hospitals and BOI export processing zones are exempted from the manual load shedding scheme. (Colombo/ March 4/2022)