Power crisis envisaged: Minister

13 January 2020 08:34 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Power crisis could aggravate by March as a result of the current use of hydropower at its maximum level, it is learnt.

At a discussion held between the Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and the officials of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), it has been revealed that hydropower was being used at the most since diesel power plants had not been operative.

The Minister said that the maximum use of water in reservoirs to produce hydropower could result in draining of reservoirs and no rainfall could be expected in the near future.

He pointed out that in order to avoid this situation, Emergency Power Purchasing (EPP) would have to be implemented again and for this, a suitable procedure should be in place.

He also said that the CEB, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) and Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority should work in cooperation in order to find solutions to these issues.

The Minister has instructed these institutions to work collectively instead of criticizing each other. (Dayaseeli Liyanage)

  Comments - 7

  • cheers Monday, 13 January 2020 09:04 AM

    Minister your name also came of Ranjan's records

    Warren Raed Monday, 13 January 2020 09:36 AM

    Here we go again like all other previous governments. back to square 1. same old story.

    STEPHEN Monday, 13 January 2020 03:05 PM

    As a country that gets free direct sun light through out the year, it's a shame that Sri Lanka doesn't focus on developing Solar Farms.

    BUSHEL Monday, 13 January 2020 09:38 AM


    Jude Monday, 13 January 2020 10:11 AM

    Buy power from private sector!! Very lucrative for YOU!!!

    Consumer Monday, 13 January 2020 10:24 AM

    The President must intervene to ensure that the so called emergency power purchase deals does not include COMMISSIONS.

    Jayawewa Wednesday, 15 January 2020 03:20 PM

    This is so funny. When Yahapalanaya did this, they were heavily criticized. I am sure the ministers who have mini power plants must be gearing up for the bonanza. This is what you voted for!

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