Expect unexpected power cuts: CEB

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The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said today that unexpected power failures could be experienced across the country due to several reasons including a decrease of hydro-power generation.

CEB media spokesman Sulakshana Jayawardana said power failures could occur whenever there is a high electricity demand in a given area.

However, he said the power cuts would not affect areas where there are hospitals.

Commenting on the reasons behind power failures, he said a 300 MW phase at the Norochcholai power plant is yet to be repaired. “We are hoping to restore the Norochcholai power plant by the first week of August,” Mr. Jayawardana said.

He said several private owned power plants at Embilipitiya (100MW), Pallekale (23MW) and Galle (07MW) were shut down on Wednesday due to a fuel shortage.

“Meanwhile, a 110 MW gas turbine plant at Kelanitissa Power Station had tripped today. Due to the prevailing dry weather in most parts of the country, the power generation capacity of the hydropower stations have also been decreased,” he said.

He said the CEB was planning to add small power plants to the system in coming days. (By Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • ceylon Thursday, 27 July 2017 08:12 PM

    cut the power of the totaly president and pm. via DM Android App

    JAN Thursday, 27 July 2017 09:02 PM

    Whos highly paid power energy officials who cannot perform their duties to public must remove immediately via DM Android App

    Why this situation Friday, 28 July 2017 08:47 AM

    Please note these "highly paid officials" are -- not weather gods or they can adopt Preventive Maintenance (PM) against Breakdown Maintenance (BM) as we cannot afford --forced to accept low grade plant (on unsolicited offers) due to Political over rulings etc -

    TONY Friday, 28 July 2017 08:58 AM

    THIS COUNTRY FACES DROUGHT AND FLOODS SEASONALLY. STILL NO GOVT HAS PUT A SYSTEM IN PLACE TO SEE THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT INCONVENIENCED BY THEM

    Chris Friday, 28 July 2017 11:32 AM

    For the past 3 days there is a power cut of 1 hour in he afternoon and 30 minutes cut in the evening at Dehiwala, whilst there is no power cut to COLOMBO. Are the citizens of COLOMBO royal whilst we are just mere subjects.Down with this government and when the election time comes please campaign only in Colombo

    lkboy Friday, 28 July 2017 02:11 PM

    Incompetent people.


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