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In a bid to face the impending power crisis, the cabinet approval has been granted for emergency purchase of 100 MWs for six months and another 128 MWs for a year on a memo submitted by Power, Energy and Commuter Transport Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

Minister Amaraweera has appraised the cabinet on the prevailing drought in the country and the fast receding water levels at main reservoirs that had affected the hydro power generation.

‘If the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) failed to go for emergency purchases, a power cut would then be inevitable in the near future,” Minister Amaraweera has sought cabinet approval for emergency power purchase to prevent a power crisis," a spokesman of the Power and Energy Ministry said.

The hydro power generation stood at 14.6% of the total power generation on Wednesday while the costly thermal power generation was at 82%.

“One of the main reasons for the power crisis is the delay in the construction of the proposed 300 MWs LNG power plant at Kerawalapitiya. Minister Amaraweera is determined to start construction on this power plant within the next two months after coming to a compromise with the litigants who have filed a case challenging the tender procedure finalized on the construction of the phase II power generation project at Kerawalapitiya,” the spokesman added.(Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • Kumar Soysa Thursday, 13 February 2020 05:34 AM

    Solar panels. Even in highly developed countries they use this.

    Yana Fernando Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:39 AM

    Another incompetent Minister! If water resources were properly managed, we wouldn't be in this situation. We had enough rain to last two years!

    Chris Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:55 AM

    And to think we had so much of rain for more than 4 months just a couple of months ago. Does anyone really know the water retention capacity of our reservoirs?

    Slay de Silva Thursday, 13 February 2020 08:00 AM

    Why do we have Presidents, PM's, Power Ministers and Finance Ministers if they are unable to solve the Power problem all these years?

    Jude Thursday, 13 February 2020 09:45 AM

    Hello, why emergency POWER purchase!!?? Hey you monkeys what're YOU dooooooing!!!???

    Ram Thursday, 13 February 2020 09:46 AM

    There will be good commission unless a tender system is initiated


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