Uninterrupted power supply to Jaffna by August 2013June 22, 2012, 9:29 pm
By Franklin R.Satyapalan
Jaffna district would get an uninterrupted supply of electricity and the new consumers could get connectivity once the new CEB Power station at Chunnakam was connected to the national grid by August 2013. The CEB sub station constructed in the Killinochchi District would be connected to national grid via Vavuniya by the end of July 2012, CEB sources said on Wednesday
The contract for constructing and installing a 25 MW Power Sub Station at Chunnakam had been handed over to Lanka Transformers Pvt. Ltd,the sources said.
All equipment required for the transmission towers, conductors, insulation and other material to construct the transmission lines had been already imported from India, the sources said
The Deputy General Manager, CEB North Central Province and the Uthuru Vasanthaya Project Gratien Muthukudaarachchi said that workmen had to work round the clock to connect the 33 KV line to Chunnakam Sub station in the Jaffna district by May this year.
To avoid the issues of acquiring new land and problems of trespassing on others’ land in laying the transmission lines to connect the Jaffna district to the national grid the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) decided to utilize the old route that the transmission line travelled before destruction by terrorists in 1990.
Currently, under the first part of the project, workmen have laid the concrete foundation for the 20 metre tall transmission towers from Vavuniya to Killinochchi, a distance of 70 kilometres.
Under the second part of this project to connect the national grid to the new Chunnakam Power Sub Station, transmission lines have to be laid from Killinochchi, a distance of 67 kilometers.
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