CEB to purchase only required electricity from private sector

*Network Control Center unable to respond effectively to power breakdowns – Committee Report

By Zacki Jabbar

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided that only the required quantum of electricity to overcome shortages due to the prevailing drought conditions, would be purchased from the private sector.

The decision was based on the recommendations of the C. Maliyedda Committee Report which was presented to the Cabinet by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday, Media Minister Gayantha Karunathillake told the media in Colombo yesterday.

President Sirisena informed last week’s Cabinet meeting that a senior engineer at the Biyagama Grid Sub Station had warned the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) General Manager many months back that the country was heading for blackouts unless urgent remedial measures were taken. But, his the warning had gone unheeded.

Sources said that the recommendations of the Maliyedda Committee included the preparation of a plan to strengthen power reception facilities, evaluate the existing plan and empower the planning division of the CEB to face challenges such as the reactivation of the Norachcholai coal powered power station.

The Committee Report has also called for the condition of the Network Control centre to be expedited, observing that it did not confirm to acceptable standards resulting in its ability to respond effectively to any notification of power breakdowns.


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