Nov 01, 2016

Norochcholai power plant reactivates its 3rd phase

The Norochcholai coal power plant has been fully restored and its 3rd phase is being implemented with effect from yesterday (Monday 31) adding the total of 900 MW to the national grid.

Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said the coal power plant is now fully operational due to the commitment of local and Chinese engineers.

Full capacity of 900 MW from Norochcholai coal power plant added to the national grid by reactivating the 3rd unit adding 300 MW today.

The 900 MW coal-fired power plant in Norochcholai has been fine tuned to make it less sensitive to frequency changes that could interrupt generation, a senior Ceylon Electricity Board engineer disclosed.

The Norochcholai power plant, supplied and installed by China, shut down automatically during recent disturbances in the transmission network that had a cascading effect on the system and caused countrywide blackouts several times during the last few years.

CEB and Chinese engineers took prompt action to fully restore the coal power plant following a tripping of the Anuradhapura transmission line which has caused the plant to temporarily shut down operations recently.