Possible power cuts as Norochcholai breaks down, again

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The Ministry of Power and Energy is to notify the public of possible power cuts in the coming days after assessing the damage at the Norochcholai power plant.

A breakdown in all three plants in Norochcholai has prompted authorities to assess for damages. Authorities said an internal issue was found to be the reason for the breakdown.  

Ministry sources stated the power plant was at a complete standstill at the moment and that the CEB was providing electric from other sources at the moment.

“We are in the process of assessing the damage. We will notify the public tomorrow if any power cuts are needed,” Minister of Power and Energy Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said.

The first plant will take five days to repair, while the second and third power plants will take a week and a month to repair, respectively.  

“We should be able to manage with what we have if the public is careful with the consumption. We are also hoping to requests companies to use generators until we have finished repairs at the plant,” the Minister said.

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  • Pamapriya Monday, 17 October 2016 04:28 AM

    Hope easing of drout will help generate enough hydro power to a point, not to have a power cut till the coal power plant come back in line.

    Leo Monday, 17 October 2016 06:02 AM

    An excuse for inevitable power cuts. via DM Android App

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 17 October 2016 06:20 AM

    Allways break down .

    Mm Monday, 17 October 2016 07:16 AM

    Buffaloe- why is the current govt still running after China.. they ought to get projects from the Brits.

    Lakitha Monday, 17 October 2016 08:18 AM

    Mahinda oyanm

    Cricy Monday, 17 October 2016 09:24 AM

    Howcome whenever unp in power this happen?

    Peter Monday, 17 October 2016 09:52 AM

    What if this is sabotage to some how decision makers to move towards coal power plant....conspiracy theory

    Dee Sunday, 16 October 2016 01:41 PM

    This thing was jinxed from day one!

    Jagath Leanage Sunday, 16 October 2016 01:56 PM

    A white elephant constructed by previous regime.

    amitha Sunday, 16 October 2016 02:49 PM

    actually it is the drout or was...now they are putting it in Norochalai Karachalai.

    vithura Sunday, 16 October 2016 02:59 PM

    Built by China and commissioned by the previous Govt.

    mm Sunday, 16 October 2016 03:13 PM

    what if the previous regime hadnt built it via DM iOS App

    S kumara Sunday, 16 October 2016 03:16 PM

    It doesn't matter who constructed it but without this plant we will be in the dark for the next 5 years. Does anyone know that we don't have a simple concrete plan to put up the next viable power plant. We hear only big talks

    Nuwan Sunday, 16 October 2016 03:17 PM

    In spite of these breakdowns there is a group in the CEB who lobby for more coal fired fire plants. How sad!!

    LEE Sunday, 16 October 2016 05:26 PM

    Having interrupted power is better than having no power. Hambu wenkan adanawa.

    Rifa Sunday, 16 October 2016 05:57 PM

    These planned power cuts are just a trailer for whats gonna come in late 2018 or 2019. via DM iOS App

    Joe Sunday, 16 October 2016 06:11 PM

    Chinese stuff ahh via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Sunday, 16 October 2016 06:30 PM

    What if the previous regime done a genuine assessment and awarded and built a power station that is quality, reliable and fail proof like what the British left us with.

    Mason Sunday, 16 October 2016 07:06 PM

    Just imagine if the Port City is to break down in this manner and this often after it is 'commissioned'. !!

    BR Sunday, 16 October 2016 07:25 PM

    MR'S gift to the nation .

    Hiran Sunday, 16 October 2016 08:02 PM

    Every time when this power plant is broken down, there are people making tons of money by selling electricity. So, I am not surprised, if there is a correlation between plant breakdowns and selling electricity.


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