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Army Commander Shavendra Silva (C), his wife Sujeewa (2L) and Defence Adviser of the Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka, Group Captain Sean Unwin (L), participate in a special Buddhist ceremony at the historic Kelaniya Buddhist temple to pray for the people and wild animals affected by raging bush fires in Australia, on January 14, 2020. (AFP)

Power cuts likely from February or

March if CPC restricts fuel supplies


Power cuts will have to enforced across the country from February or March if the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) restricts fuel supplies to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), senior engineers warned.

As hydro power remains the main source of energy to the national grid, it will not be possible to meet the demand if there is no rain by February-March to augment water levels in the hydro catchment areas, they warned.

In such an eventuality, the CEB will have to depend on the Kerawalapitiya and Kelanitissa thermal power plants and the coal-fired Norochcholai facility to feed the national grid, they said.

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