NSSP wants competent engineers to diagnose problem at Norochcholai



by Lal Gunesekera

Leader of the NSSP Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne is of the opinion that Minister of Power and Energy Pavithra Wanniarachchi, who succeeded qualified Electrical Engineer Champika Ranawaka, is clueless about the subject.

The NSSP Leader told The Island yesterday (31) that the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant had been built by the China Machinery Engineering Corporation in 2011 with the first phase costing USD 455 million. He said that the plant had broken down on 33 occasions so far and was a white elephant.

Dr. Karunaratne said that the Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy M. M. C. Ferdinando had said that what ailed Norochcholai was a technical problem. He said that if it was the case, the ministry must appoint competent electrical engineers to go into the matter, find out the problem and rectify it.

Due to those frequent breakdowns at Norochcholai, the government had to depend on expensive thermal power generation cost of which would be passed on to consumers. It involved a massive sum of money, which the people could not afford with the ever increasing cost of living (COL) burdening them, he said.

Dr. Karunaratne condemned the plant managers going on a junket to Japan, claiming that it was an ‘awareness programme’ when they should be at the Norochcholai plant attending to repairs. He said that though the Chinese had built Norochcholai, the government had got down four Indians about two weeks back to attend to repairs.

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