CEB confident that agreement with BPA will improve system - GM

by Chittaranjan de Silva

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is confident that its Agreement with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), USA, would help in improving transmission system plann-ing, improvement of distribution system and hydro power modernisation in Sri Lanka, CEB’s General Manager, Ananda Seneviratne said yesterday.

Mr.Seneviratne told a press conference, which was attended by visiting officials of BPA, that the expertise provided by BPA would help CEB to enhance the power generating capacity at old power stations such as Luxapana, Ukuwela and Bowatenne.

He said that the good offices of BPA would be valuable to the CEB in areas such as hydro power generation, and also transmission and distribution of power.

While pointing out that hydro power is precious because it is cost effective, Mr.Seniviratne said that with BPA’s know-how, areas such as power generation transmission could be made more effective. According to him, the country’s hydro power generation capacity could be increased by 6-7%, with the know-how of BPA.

CEB officials said that BPA, which is based in Portland, Oregon, is similar to the CEB as it is involved in generation and transmission of hydro power in the USA. The two year Agreement reached between BPA and CEB a year ago, is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which has agreed to provide US$ 250,000. The United States Energy Association (USEA) is co-ordinating the partnership under contract. Consultations which took place between the officials of both CEB and BPA were conveyed to the top authorities at CEB and USAID, officials said.

They said that the funding was related to knoledge and technolgy tranfer.

Officials of both organisations said that the week long visit is an important step in a long term relationship.

Mike Hoffman, a BPA official, said that BPA’s partnership with CEB is an exiting one and which would benefit both parties.

For instance, he said that BPA would stand to benefit by a load research project, which has been conducted in Sri Lanka.