No power cuts in near future-Pavithra

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Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachichi today said that there won’t be power cuts or tariff increases in the near future.

Addressing a media conference, Minister Wanniarachchi said that although there were breakdowns at Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant (LCPP) at Puttalam, Kelanitissa, Kerawalapitiya, Canyon power stations depriving 655 MWs to the national grid there won’t be power cuts or tariff increases in the near future. 
“The CEB’s total power generation is 3,400 MWs a day. Therefore, despite the breakdowns at these plants we can manage the situation without power cuts or tariff increase,” she said.

“We do not know exactly why the LCPP has broken down many times ever since it commissioned in March 2011. We have a suspicion that there might be a defect at designing, construction or machinery as there was no reliability test as required before the commissioning of the plant in 2011. The commissioning had to be expedited as Sri Lanka was experiencing a major drought during that time,” Minister Wanniarachchi stressed.

She also said that Sri Lankan government would demand the contractor China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) to identify and rectify it without burdening Sri Lanka. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

  Comments - 8

  • Suq Madique Friday, 31 January 2014 04:54 AM

    Same baila different singer.....how many times have we heard this and always the opposite happens.

    mohamed asfar Friday, 31 January 2014 05:04 AM

    ready for power cuts soon.

    lmj Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:00 AM

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    AJJA Friday, 31 January 2014 05:30 AM

    This clearly shows that our own Electrical Engineers are not competent to check a simple installation for Quality.they should have given their concerns prior to the installation and not now...

    Mason Friday, 31 January 2014 05:33 AM

    We experience unannounced POWER-CUTS. What have you to say about it.

    willows Friday, 31 January 2014 03:18 AM

    when they say NO, get ready it will be a YES.

    hks Friday, 31 January 2014 06:27 AM

    This statement is valid only up to the PC election day!

    Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 02 February 2014 11:09 AM

    Not in the near future, for sure. But just wait and see after the PC elections. Already we have had many sporadic unannounced power cuts.


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