Sri Lanka to buy 55MW of emergency power
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s state-owned electricity utility will call for bids to buy 55 megawatts of emergency power to make up for any shortfall caused by insufficient thermal or hydropower generation.
Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith Perera said the decision to buy 55MW of emergency power generation was the most important of several recommendations made by government committees probing recent nationwide supply interruptions.
“The cabinet of Ministers approved the decision to buy 55MW of emergency power as we want to ensure 24-hour uninterrupted power supply,” he told a news conference.
“We will call for tenders to ensure competitive bids and buy at the lowest price. Consumer prices will not be increased.”
Sri Lanka suffered three nationwide power breakdowns in the last six months owing to problems at its 900MW coal-fired power plant, aging distribution networks and demand at historical highs amid a drought which has reduced hydropower capacity.
(COLOMBO, March 31, 2016)