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Power cuts of two hours and fifteen minutes duration will be imposed on 58 towns and Colombo City area tomorrow (09) due to a breakdown at the Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant (LCPP) at Norochcholai, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said.

Power will be cut for 2 ¼ hrs. between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm. --  at different times in different places. The towns will be placed in four different groups each of which will have its power cut at a different time.

The CEB said that the Lakvijaya Power Plant at Norochcholai had automatically shut down on Wednesday monring due to the tripping of the transmission line from Norochcholai to Veyangoda. The shutdown deprived the national grid of 300 MW, the CEB said.

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  • Jayantha Jayamanne Thursday, 09 August 2012 07:47 AM

    When the coal power plant was completed, the Minister told now even we sould sell Electricity to India, but now even in SriLanka we are in dark.

    CHANDRAPALA Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:24 AM

    Mr. Minister recently, you launched a campaign to educate the school children how to save the electricity for future generation. In this manner you could save electricity but country needs an uninterrupted service otherwise it does not reach to the required development target.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:43 AM

    For sure, the end result of this so called Chinese assistance for development would be generations unborn paying for these monumental blunders whilst generations to come of the current crop of those in power would lead luxurious lives in foreign climes. So much for the patriots' boast of a great friend helping us without any strings.

    richardson Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:55 AM

    Yes , We must provide power to India, so, one day with out warning we must cut the supply and attack India..
    They are not very good night fighters it seems !!!

    richardson Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:59 AM

    Stop all day / nigh matches and start playing PORA POL. KBADI, CHUCK GUDU We can beat India Hands down.

    M.V.R.Perera Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:57 AM

    It appears that the CEB Engineers have had no say in the selection of the contractor for this plant chinese technology on coal power is so advance that they are building a coal power plant practically every week to replace the uneconomical coal plants with about 40% more efficient plant with pressures over 3000 psi and temperatures of nearly 2000 degree Farenheight however what is not understood is how a external fault could automatically cause a damage to plant such that it cannot be stated in a few hours

    richardson Thursday, 09 August 2012 05:10 AM

    Doc Merwyn is Good for the job ,he is lot of gas.

    Just Another Citizen Thursday, 09 August 2012 05:10 AM

    Some areas have power cuts twice for the day??

    su Thursday, 09 August 2012 05:30 AM

    CEB was to initially get a top quality Japanese power plant under Japanese soft loan package decades back. What happened to the same is history now. Thereafter, CEB had to content with Chinese technology + Commercial loan from Chinese EXIM Bank as no one was giving us loans in that era. We are now reaping the benefits. Shouldn’t part of the blame gone to all those who shouted NO to Coal and paved the way to Private Diesel plants and the present Chinese Coal plant later?

    Farzan - Kalutara Thursday, 09 August 2012 06:10 AM

    1987 CEB hotline is temperority no functions. I made several calls yesterday and it was un answered at all.

    pri Thursday, 09 August 2012 06:12 AM


    Game Kolla Thursday, 09 August 2012 06:35 AM

    I am sure Central and eastern provinces are not included in these power cuts.

    Patriot Thursday, 09 August 2012 07:04 AM

    A plot to clear the inferior quality diesel.

    richardson Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:35 AM

    People can lie with out shame. Tha'ts the way they were brought up.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 09 August 2012 07:50 AM

    What are the Highly paid engineers of CEB doing? Can't they rectify the fault and put it in order. Don't continue this game forever - attention Power & Energy Minister.

    Bikechain Bubbleband Thursday, 09 August 2012 07:53 AM

    Most of the business establishment lose a lot when power cuts like this come in force. I feel this is a total bluff to change the direction of our masses from other cricis.

    Godagampala Rohana Thursday, 09 August 2012 08:03 AM

    Minister can sleep now for two hours and fifteen minutes with your Air-conditioner working with the Generator.

    Amarathunga Chandika Thursday, 09 August 2012 08:05 AM

    All the Govt. & Private sector employees, get out from your seats and go to the streets to shout against the Power & Energy Minister to "Get out".

    dammika Thursday, 09 August 2012 07:59 AM

    Dear Minister cut power from 09am to 17pm. (Day time) we support you to save energy. we need ligts in the night time only.

    Amarathunga Chandika Thursday, 09 August 2012 08:14 AM

    P & E Minister you better get lost and give your seat for one week to Hon. Karu Jayasuriya - he knows how to handle your job properly.

    Mikee Thursday, 09 August 2012 08:25 AM

    I sincerely trust that the other projects started by the Chinese will not face the same fate.

    Dilberts Wisdom Thursday, 09 August 2012 08:30 AM

    This is going to effect the population of the country.

    Leelananda Thursday, 09 August 2012 08:38 AM

    As far as i know one power plant build by the same company in Bangladesh decades ago is now not operating due to unending breakdowns.It has permanently shutdown.

    nana G Thursday, 09 August 2012 10:33 AM

    Champion of the miracle.

    Roshan Friday, 10 August 2012 04:12 AM

    This power cut will continue until the Fasting period is over and definitely there will be longer power cut on the Ramazan Festival day.

    nimal Sunday, 13 January 2013 05:23 AM

    Ceb employees have been told to keep the phone off the hook when there is a power cut. Today there is power it's impossible to get through to anyone to find out when power will be back. They should make sure lines are not off for paying customer to know when power will be back.

    Cyclops Thursday, 09 August 2012 01:45 AM

    It's Pilgrim's Progress, stupid!!!

    The Great One Wednesday, 08 August 2012 06:44 PM

    EPIC FAIL AGAIN!!!!!!!!

    rehan Wednesday, 08 August 2012 06:47 PM


    Fazli Wednesday, 08 August 2012 07:01 PM

    Champa ! You promises are as good as you !

    Dadoriya Wednesday, 08 August 2012 11:21 PM

    Shaving one's head and spending time at a temple does not solve problems. . The other point is do not brag about. Just say the truth. This what Lord Buddha preached as part of the Buddhist philosophy. It is now proved

    Dadoriya Wednesday, 08 August 2012 11:32 PM

    So we join the club with countries with power cuts. Hurray!

    Vinod Wednesday, 08 August 2012 11:41 PM

    The Chinese sent over a large contingent of people and ships to dismantle old German coal power plants decades ago. Germany decided that burning dirty coal was not part of their future. Now China send men like Ludon Wong (CEMEC) to build a 900 MW prototype plant in Sri Lanka as an experiment of scaling up the old technology. This plant is wrought with problems and one of the primary ones is the dominance of power politics in its construction and operation. The first CEB project group were in cohorts with the Chinese and turned a blind eye to standards and quality. The minister had this group replaced by a new project team. Ever since then the Chinese are at logger heads with the CEB team and nothing really gets done except power plays. They cant even trust the equipment they installed to safely cut over a GIS extension. Sounds like a great leap backward! Get on with the submarine link to India, allow large scale wind plants and start trading power like the rest of the world.

    Dadoriya Wednesday, 08 August 2012 11:34 PM

    The power plant shut down due to transmission line failure. Even cheap generators have some sort of protection. Can we believe this fairy tale. Sorry Sir, No. The problem in with the power plant.

    Nodrog Thursday, 09 August 2012 12:31 AM

    Lets have more day/night cricket matches.

    Mishra Thursday, 09 August 2012 12:39 AM

    Western conspiracy, Isn't it minister?

    Ranjith Thursday, 09 August 2012 01:02 AM

    Jaya weva, Any body knows when to Negombo ? CEB hot line Negombo has no idea. We are the fool's.

    yapa Thursday, 09 August 2012 01:42 AM

    Students of GCE(A/L) will be uncomfortable at the centers without electricity. - parent

    Kaluware Jaramare Thursday, 09 August 2012 01:31 AM

    Does this mean that if we did nit have Norechchole, we would be in dark forever...???

    Manju Wednesday, 08 August 2012 06:44 PM

    Minster was saying he can give the power to india also !!! but now ...(also said no more power cut in future0.. i dont know now what he will say..

    janaka Thursday, 09 August 2012 02:22 AM

    Unreliable China company pay biggest bribe?

    senavi Thursday, 09 August 2012 02:44 AM

    What? no excess capacity - just kidding

    bandu Thursday, 09 August 2012 02:52 AM

    we have seen many ministers and others who overestimate themselves and boasting about their performances. ultimately they forget their basic responsibilities and fall apart. ada wela thiyenne ibbath ekka duwapu hawata wechchadema needa.yesterday silently cut. we study for exams. What a failure part of CEB.

    Thomas Ranger Thursday, 09 August 2012 03:23 AM

    Mr. Minister, accept the fact that Norochchlai is a total failure. 3 major fires and countless breakdowns since it was commissioned. You are a bag of lies, more lies and deception.

    Viduli Thursday, 09 August 2012 03:42 AM

    Time for a promotion for all responsible for these power cuts.

    Jambalaya Thursday, 09 August 2012 03:43 AM

    What a shame! Why cant the CEB hold the Chinese Contractor for breach of contract. Usually there is a payment retention amount to meet such contingencies. Although Lakvijaya Power Station was a Chinese grant the contractor should have got paid on completion of the project based on the CEB's confirmation of completion reports.

    Lilani Thursday, 09 August 2012 03:56 AM

    Looks like very conveniently breaking down every now and then perhaps till the elections!!

    ANTON Thursday, 09 August 2012 03:50 AM

    It is time to appoint Mervyn Silva as minister of power.

    sampath Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:01 AM

    wake up all people living in fairy dream land and getting emotional about how the Chinese are helping?? development in SL.
    This is the result of depending on Chinese technology, Hambantota Port, Norocholai power plant, now Lakvijaya, wonder what will happen when the first flights land in Hambantota Airport.
    And recently some one was talking of setting up space research station with Chinese technology.

    Kautilya Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:13 AM

    How about entering into priest hood for another two weeks to invoke the blessing of the Weather God to bring rain.

    Tarzan & Jane Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:15 AM

    looks like the whole matter has been mis managed form the very beginning and the result of that is beginning to show

    richardson Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:32 AM

    Anay chooti Norochchlai babata hamadama leda?? Sin No??

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