CEB engineers rule out sabotage

2016-03-15 08:18:24

While apologizing for the inconvenience caused to the public as a result of the islandwide power failure on Sunday, the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union yesterday said any doubts about a sabotage would be cleared with the detailed study which is being carried out by two independent committees appointed by the Prime Minister and the Minister.

“We will extend our fullest cooperation to any independent investigation on this,” the union said in a statement.

It also said although its members did all what is possible under trying circumstances to restore power, due to certain technical failures the restoration process was much difficult than during a normal day.
“We as a responsible union are more concerned about the occurrence of three total power failures within a span of six months and wish to assure the public that we would do all what is possible to implement a long lasting solution,” it said.

We reiterate that the failure started with the technical fault occurred in one of the 30 year old main transformer in Biyagama 220kV Grid Substation, which resulted simultaneous tripping of few important Transmission lines connected to the Biyagama Grid Substation.” Unfortunately this time also (similar to 25th Feb), the 3 Generators of Lakvijaya Coal Power plant could not iron-out the fluctuations of the power system started with tripping of few transmission lines, causing a country-wide outage.

  Comments - 12

  • Andrew Pitugala Tuesday, 15 March 2016 08:37

    If the CEB Engineers Union dedicate themselves to work towards the welfare of the fellow citizens they will do a great service to the country. Political interference in every sphere where professional persons should take decisions is a bane to society.

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    onlooker Tuesday, 15 March 2016 09:08

    Thank you MR you got it correct. 'Professionals', whether it suits the politicians or not, do their profession. They perform their profession in the only way possible. Their is no correct way or wrong way.

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    Sri Lankan Tuesday, 15 March 2016 09:23

    So, they are saying they are not to be blamed!

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    Manuel Benjamin Tuesday, 15 March 2016 10:35

    Sure, they have not paid a huge sum by Weerawansa?

    Reply : 1       1

    onlooker Wednesday, 16 March 2016 10:34

    It's the political mismanagement that has to take the blame.

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    Simple Simon Tuesday, 15 March 2016 09:27

    Rather than apologising, they should ensure that the power supply is provided without a break. Are they really N-GIN-EARS!!!!?

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    Bingo Tuesday, 15 March 2016 10:17

    CEB needs more brainy grads from Uni of Moratuwa and Pera. These guys are leaving the country at rapid speed. And also, MUST avoid cheap and low quality materials imported from India and China in our power grids. These are the main culprits. But politiccos keep importing these rubbish since they get a good commissions unlike from German or France.

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    onlooker Wednesday, 16 March 2016 10:36

    Even Germany and France import their materials from China and India.

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    Manuel Benjamin Tuesday, 15 March 2016 10:39

    Old king threw huge amount of money to the CEB Engineers and Minor Staff to perform this task.

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    Ken Tuesday, 15 March 2016 10:42

    I hope this is not part of a bigger plan to supply power from India by RW. via DM Android App

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    ram Tuesday, 15 March 2016 11:10

    If CEB demands a set up of a backup Generator to every building at the cost of owner for all like demanding a transformer room, and all other cost by the owner and bill them. There will not be any power failure at all. If our Hon. President and PM approve this idea immediately they will not loose their seat at coming election also.

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    nation Tuesday, 15 March 2016 12:19

    Did you try to save power by switching off any single bulb up to now. You are the people who are responsible for this power crisis.

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