The Norochcholai Coal Power Plant has suffered its nineteenth break down from Thursday night, CEB sources revealed.
They said a defect in a protective device of the boiler system of the plant had caused the breakdown.
When inquired, CEB Chairman W. B. Ganegala confirmed the report but said the defect caused by a faulty device had now been rectified.
Meanwhile, the Electrical Engineers Association attributed the frequent breakdowns to improper maintenance work.
They said the installation of the Norochcholai Plant was a timely need but the plant administration was responsible for frequent breakdowns due to lack of maintenance. They said their requests forwarded to the Ministry and the CEB had not been heeded to.
According to the engineers there are some rectifiable defects in the cooling system of the plant but lethargy on the part of the administration continued to create more problems.
Installation of the plant was meant for providing cheap electricity but the frequent breakdowns of the plant have compelled the CEB to buy expensive electricity from other sources, the association alleged. (Ajantha Kumara Agalakada)
Comments - 34
nimali Monday, 22 April 2013 07:44 AM
CEB purposly doing this to have comission from privte generating people.
Pluto Saturday, 20 April 2013 03:55 PM
Bull in the China power station.
Crankhand Saturday, 20 April 2013 05:28 AM
Are you sure? Google is heavily censored in China, That sort of information can never be found on Google. May be you should try Baidu or Sina weibo ? absence of evidence is not evidence of absence
Goni Billa Sunday, 21 April 2013 04:02 PM
Tourists should be brought to view this ' white elephant' and not the one's at Pinnawala. This is much bigger.
unchikun Saturday, 20 April 2013 05:49 AM
This plant does not seem to meet the standards. The engineers are covering it up. In Sri Lanka there is no accountability and this the root cause of the problems.
jayantha silva Monday, 22 April 2013 07:53 AM
The new minister does'nt know the difference between positive and negative , forget about her .
unchikun Saturday, 20 April 2013 05:53 AM
Swiss bank or invested in large hotel and real estate projects .
kandykolla Saturday, 20 April 2013 05:57 AM
Trust me !! I was about to say that.......!!
ss Saturday, 20 April 2013 05:58 AM
One more reason to increase the Electricity Prices
ranjith Saturday, 20 April 2013 06:02 AM
Paul Saturday, 20 April 2013 06:13 AM
The plant will keep breaking down as all these breakdowns are orchestrated by the responsible people who is PAID by the 3rd party electrical providers. Until the people (not the government/ministers as they are also part of this) organize and get rid of these people we will always be paying Highest rates for obtaining power from the 3rd party companies. these companies will NEVER allow to have ANY form of alternative power to thermal power. NO COAL/WIND/SOLAR etc. they pay off every official to keep these plants not operational.
Gamaya Saturday, 20 April 2013 06:17 AM
Can buy spare parts and earn few extra billions for those who are ruling? !
Van der Merwe Saturday, 20 April 2013 06:31 AM
should kindly take his invitees to show the development of the country along with a round tour covering the only ship less harbour in the world & non passaenger Mattala airport too. Wow what a development.
sobers Saturday, 20 April 2013 06:59 AM
Poor quality staff, ill trained, corruption,Bad management, High salaries and perks, over staffing etc.... and the poor and innocent public has to bear the brunt on Electricity increase. If it was another country Top senior staff and the Minister would have resigned. The policy should be DO IT PROPERLY OR GET LOST!
saman Saturday, 20 April 2013 07:01 AM
Made by the Chinese!
namal999 Saturday, 20 April 2013 07:08 AM
NOPE!! someting similar to ALI BABA and 40 theieves
citizen Saturday, 20 April 2013 11:03 PM
Maintaining the plant is not easy as boasting. Let the new minister handle it.
Andrew Pitugala Saturday, 20 April 2013 04:06 AM
Always Breakdown.! Must be a world record that Srilanka can be proud of.!! Some, we know who, will call it a Western Conspiracy !!!
Fusion Saturday, 20 April 2013 04:11 AM
Always Breakdown Always. Always Breakdown Always.. Always Breakdown Ape Gama Thamai... Semadaamath Chater we inne api thami....
Grace Saturday, 20 April 2013 04:15 AM
What is the use of the power plant if it can not serve the desired purpose?
ThejaB Saturday, 20 April 2013 04:17 AM
So the engineers are admitting themselves are responsible for the problems.
Sonali De Silva Saturday, 20 April 2013 04:17 AM
Here's another one for the Guinness records. This is the result of bribery and corruption when granting the tender. Google China's power plants and find me one that has breakdowns like ours. Don't blame the Chinese because they build with the money you give.
Manel Saturday, 20 April 2013 04:24 AM
Whether it is improper maintenance or installation of sub-standard machinery, poor people of the country have to bear the brunt and pay higher tariff.
kan Saturday, 20 April 2013 07:46 AM
Bribery and corruption commission should investigate. Second material is used in this "new "coal power plant.
PARAMANATHAN.K Saturday, 20 April 2013 07:46 AM
Its nobody's fault. Chinese made machinery itself is breaking. It will break for ever and ever.
jayantha silva Sunday, 21 April 2013 01:54 AM
Who cares ? Billions have been earned as commissions .
devaka Saturday, 20 April 2013 04:27 AM
EyDec Saturday, 20 April 2013 04:28 AM
This is because of political patronage.
There is no any intelligent,talented, persons in big seats all are puppets.
YR Saturday, 20 April 2013 04:36 AM
what happened to hard earned commission !!!
Citizen Perera Saturday, 20 April 2013 04:42 AM
Rulers of this country behaving like...Bull in a China shop....
shihan Saturday, 20 April 2013 08:15 AM
Miracle of Asia.
Fayad Saturday, 20 April 2013 04:55 AM
Something similar to Ranil losing elections ??
Arf Saturday, 20 April 2013 08:34 AM
SudhuPancha Saturday, 20 April 2013 05:09 AM
Cheap things no good! Good things no cheap!
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