ECONOMYNEXT – The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has asked the public to minimise electricity use during night-time peak hours and support the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to provide electricity without power shedding.
In a statement issued on Wednesday (09), PUCSL asked consumers to refrain from using high electricity consuming household devices such as hot plates, water heaters, irons, washing machines and air conditions during the night peak from 6pm to 10pm.
The CEB said the night peak demand for Wednesday was expected to be 2,640 MW.
According to the CEB, 1,588 MW from thermal power plants, 1090 Mw from Hydro and 55 MW from non-conventional renewable energy was expected to be used to meet the demand.
CEB spokesman Additional General Manager, Andrew Navamani, told reporters on Tuesday (09) that the Kelanitissa Combined Cycle power plant which operates using naphtha would be temporarily shut down from 9pm that to transfer one million liters of naphtha. It was scheduled to be restarted Thursday (10) morning.
“Also the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation agreed to issue 350 metric tons of heavy fuel oil only for today. Out of that, we’re planning to take 200metric tons to Sapugaskanda B and rest of the 150metric tons to Sapugaskanda A,” Navamani said.
With the available fuel, the CEB said, the barge-mounted power plant at the Colombo Port can generate electricity for 0.9 days, Sapugaskanda A for another 1.3 days, Sapugaskanda B for another 1.4 days, the Uthuru Janani power plant for another 12.7 days, and the Kelanitissa power station for another 1.6 days.
The CEB said 1,140 metric tons of furnace oil, 950 metric tons of naphtha and 2,590 metric tons of diesel is needed for thermal power generation. However, only 1,116 metric tons of furnace oil, 600 metric tons of naphtha and 2,190 metric tons of diesel are available in stocks.
The board added that due to water levels in reservoirs decreasing, the Water Management Secretariat will restrict power generation in Castlereigh, Mausakelle and Samanalawewa hydro power stations in the near future. (Colombo/Feb09/2022)