CEB gets heart burn with Norochocholai

By Ifham Nizam

A section of technical experts of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) yesterday expressed concern over the recent breakdown of the condenser worth some Rs. 20,000 million, within the short existence of just two years of the commissioning the first coal power plant at Norochcholai.

They said such problems should not be taken lightly, especially when its second phase was about to be commissioned between January 15 and 20. "With the 300MW first phase all sorts of problems were experienced and when it comes to 600MW with the commissioning of the second phase, everybody needs to be extra cautious," an engineer said.

A senior engineer told The Island that Power and Energy Ministry Secretary M. M. C. Ferdinanado too had raised concern about how equipment guaranteed for more than 25 years breakdown within two years.

The Island reliably learns that the top management is now looking into the earlier recommendations on the methodology of purchasing equipment.

Meanwhile, CEB Additional General Manager (Generation) Senior Engineer, M.C. Wickreamasekara told The Island that the condenser had 16,000 tubes. However, it had excess capacity of 10 per cent giving an advantage in the event of technical problems.

"This is normally expected, thus, internationally acclaimed standards were adopted," he added.

The Chinese made condenser experienced problems on December 13 and the problem was rectified last Monday by a Chinese expert who was brought down by the builder.

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