Shipping Corporation willing to settle losses suffered by Norochcholai on coal delivery


By Saman Indrajith

Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka told Parliament yesterday that the State Shipping Corporation had expressed willingness to pay Rs. 460 million to settle the loss incurred by the Norochcholai Power Plant in obtaining coal.

He said that a special investigation committee had been appointed to probe the incident of not obtaining coal on time.

Minister Ranawaka said that he had instructed the investigating committee to read his book titled, Power and Power which contained a detailed account on the Norochcholai Power Plant.

"Once I receive the report of this committee after investigation, we will take punitive action against those who are responsible for the offence," the Minister said.

Responding to a query raised by UNP Kurunegala District MP Nalin Bandara Jayamaha, the minister said the operation and maintenance of all the phases including the first phase which generated 300 MW of the completed coal power plant complex at Norochcholai had not been assigned to any company and those tasks were being handled by the Ceylon Electricity Board.

Asked whether arrangements had been made to delegate the responsibility of carrying out operational activities and maintenance work of the Norochcholai Planet to the Chinese Company concerned, the minister answered in the negative. He said the operation and maintenance of the plant would be done by the CEB.


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