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One of the three power plants at the Norochcholai Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant (LCPP) had been shut down for three days since last night, due to a leakage of a steam boiler in the phase three, Power and Energy Ministry said.

However, Ministry Spokesman Pathum Pasqual said the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) had not announced a power outage, owing to the failure of the coal power plant.

Meanwhile, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya rejected the claims that one of the boilers had exploded causing the shutdown of the power plant.

“The power plant was shut down because of a leak. The engineers were able to find the leak and take measures immediately shut down the power plant. If it was not shut down, the boiler could have exploded,” he said and assured that there would be no power outage during the New Year season.

He said the Prime Minister had advised the CEB to provide electricity supply without any disruption during the festive season.

“Even the phase one of the Noraichcholai coal power plant malfunctioned from the beginning. The full capacity of the phase one is 300 MW but it had not generated to full capacity for a long period,” the Minister said.

He said within three says, the Phase One, and Phase Three of the power plant would be repaired and assured that there would be no interruptions to the power supply during the New Year season.(Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 10

  • gonbella Thursday, 14 April 2016 03:38 AM

    Because there is not much money for the Ministers and MPs in renewable energy projects.

    Sonali Wednesday, 13 April 2016 04:40 AM

    This is the consequence of taking commissions and bribes. Now pass the buck or find scapegoats - which MP's and govt are experts at.

    Dailyreader Wednesday, 13 April 2016 06:17 AM

    If coal power is not the option, better look at other power resources immediately.As an island with a tropical climate why not take advantage of solar power, wind power?why not think of ways of using sea water?

    Cobra Wednesday, 13 April 2016 07:07 AM

    God only knows what will shut down int he Port City complex once it is built or when it will sink!!!!!

    Premalal Wednesday, 13 April 2016 07:57 AM

    The leak must be going to Panama, now that we are back in business with China. We can be certain of more leaks from many fronts soon. It would certainly be a happy new year for a few and a hapless new year for the rest.

    anja Wednesday, 13 April 2016 08:30 AM

    This government can not even maintain the things which MR construed and showing that he had been constructing in vain via DM Android App

    Ramsay Tuesday, 12 April 2016 02:42 PM

    Yahapalana Magic

    Bala Wednesday, 13 April 2016 10:43 AM

    All MRs cnstrutions were substandard - only commissions paid in full.

    gerom Wednesday, 13 April 2016 12:34 PM

    products of mahinda chinthana still keeps breaking and he talks of development under him

    Benq Wednesday, 13 April 2016 01:34 PM

    These coal power plants have never ending breakdowns. Eve China who supplied these are not installing coal power plants. So some expert opinion is required in the ppwer sphere.

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