ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has been authorised to purchase power from private plants and the state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) will provide fuel to maintain power generation without extending power cuts despite a breakdown at the Norocchcholai coal power plant, an official said.
The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the country’s power regulator, said Sri Lanka will have a longer power cut of three hours on Tuesday September 27 but will return to daily two-hour-and-twenty-minute outages from Wednesday.
Minister of Power & Energy Kanchana Wijesekara tweeted Tuesday September 27 morning that measures have been taken for the CEB to maintain power generation without extending power cuts from Wednesday, despite the Norochcholai breakdown.
PUCSL has granted approval for CEB to purchase power from Private Plants until Norochcholai Power Plant is restored & CPC will provide the necessary Diesel, Naphtha & Furnace Oil requirements to CEB to maintain the power generation without extending the power cuts from tomorrow.
— Kanchana Wijesekera (@kanchana_wij) September 27, 2022
PUCSL Chairman Janaka Ratnayake had warned earlier Tuesday that Sri Lanka’s daily scheduled power cuts, already extended by an hour, will likely see further extensions following yet another breakdown at the Lakvijaya coal power plant in Norochcholai, Puttalam.