Power crisis likely if drought continues: CEB

19 March 2016 12:10 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said yesterday if the prevailing drought continued for the next few months, the country might be in the throes of a power crisis and that currently priority had been given to thermal and coal power generation.

CEB General Manager M.C. Wickramasinghe said hydro power generation hydro has been cut down because of the reduction in water levels in most reservoirs and added they were in contact with the Meteorology Department for any possible change in weather conditions.

“We expect inter-monsoonal rains by May. We cannot predict rains just like before as the weather patterns seem to have changed now. If it did not happen we will have to face extreme conditions. We are planning statistically with the hope of facing any situation that may arise,” he said.

Mr. Wickramasinghe said priority was usually given to water for irrigation and drinking purposes than to the generating of hydro-power.

As of March 16, out of the total energy requirement of 34.06 GWh, only 11.04 GWh had been generated from hydro power plants while Thermal Oil had contributed to the generation of 22.96 GWh of the total energy requirement.

As of yesterday the water levels in most of the reservoirs had reduced by a considerable amount and the water level in Kotmale was 25.3%, Victoria 53.7%, Rantembe 5.3%, Castlereagh 26.1%, Mausakelle 39.4%, Samanalawewa 30.9% and Randenigala 89.4%. (Ajith Siriwardana)

 

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  • Nims Sunday, 20 March 2016 03:38 AM

    What did the Minster say just couple of days ago? "No more power cuts"

    Sharon Sunday, 20 March 2016 09:39 AM

    Didnt we have droughts during last 9 years via DM iOS App

    Kale Saturday, 19 March 2016 01:26 PM

    CEB will be blaming the weather on sabotage too!

    shanaka Saturday, 19 March 2016 02:14 PM

    Build more Solar power stations like in Habantota without depending on Thermal Coal power which already caused enough problems.. via DM Android App

    usaguy Saturday, 19 March 2016 02:46 PM

    very funny - they cant predict the rains like before cos weather patterns have changed - really when did they predict rain time correctly via DM Android App

    Sapu Saturday, 19 March 2016 03:07 PM

    Laugfs is building 20MW solar power plant

    Eng.M.V.R.Perera Saturday, 19 March 2016 03:09 PM

    why not some one build a solar power station and can it give a unit at Rs 6 or will it be over Rs 100 per unit The problem in our coal power station is that some one has block the hot start up which is available in all power stations in the world The CEB should inform the country why it is not opting for hot start ups

    Sapu Saturday, 19 March 2016 03:13 PM

    Check out Harshas FB page to check info on the Korean grant for power plants


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