Heavy rains bring relief to CEB

By Ifham Nizam

Hydro electricity generation yesterday had jumped to nearly 32 per cent, following the heavy rains, over the Central hills, filling up some of the major reservoirs, the Power and Energy Ministry said.

The Systems Control Division of the Ceylon Electricity Board said that days back hydro electricity generation had been between 15 and 20 per cent.

A CEB spokesman told The Island yesterday that the rate of hydro power generation could now be increased to 31.17, while coal and diesel plants contributed 65.14 percent

The Systems Control Department said that water capacity had reached 48 per cent at Moussakelle, Castlereigh 60.9, Kotmale 54, Victoria 56.2, Randenigala 55.1, and Samanala Wewa 65.9.

Power and Energy Ministry said that 667.9 MW could be generated with the current water storage.

CEB Engineers said the situation would improve further, in days to come, as the usual southwest monsoons are experienced from May to August.

The Met Department weather forecast says showers will be experienced in the Southern, Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces, and in the Kurunegala District.

Heavy rains are also likely to occur in a few places, particularly along the Western slopes of the Central hills.

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