Feb 07, 2020

300 MW power from Norochcholai not added to national grid Featured

Reports say that a plan by a group of CEB officials to purchase electricity at a higher price from diesel power owners after creating an apparent power crisis, has been thwarted.

Speaking, a senior official of the Power and Energy ministry said that they were able to foil this plot as the minister - Mahinda Amaraweera was in high alert.

Preliminary investigations have confirmed that a 300 megawatt (MW) phase of the Norochcholai coal power plant, which was discontinued from October 18, has not been added to the national grid despite maintenance work being completed.

Accordingly, a group has taken measures to implement a 2-hour power cut last Monday (03) in several parts of the country without prior notice and without permission of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka.

With the involvement of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, necessary fuel requirements of the Kerawalapitiya and Kelanitissa Sujit power stations were fulfilled. Subsequently, 465 MW of power was added to the National Grid.