CEB will have to depend on private power producers

Engineers warn:


By Ifham Nizam

The Ceylon Electricity Board would have to depend on independent power producers with water levels receding in major reservoirs, though the Lak Wijaya (Norachcholai) and Yugadanavi (Kerawalapitiya) were fully operations, senior officials said on Monday (18).

The storage capacity by Monday noon had dropped to 22.9 per cent. There were no rains in the Mahaweli areas. Light showers were reported from Castlereigh and Maussakelle.

The Kerawalapitiya Power station was currently operating at full capacity (200 MW) as the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation was supplying them with fuel, Power and Energy Ministry said. 

The Chinese are currently attending to the technical problems at the 300 MW power station in Norachcholai, Puttalam.

The CEB says if Norachcholai and the Kerawalapitiya power plants are operating smoothly then there will be no problems.

Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said with Lak Wijaya and Yugadanavi in operation, the hydro power stations will be required to operate around only two hours a day to meet the peak demand, and the current water levels in these reservoirs would be sufficient to meet that requirement.

However, CEB engineers say the water levels in the catchment areas are receding rapidly. "If this trend continues, we will be compelled to purchase power from independent producers at very high rates," they told The Island.

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