Feb 25, 2020

President intervenes in Norochcholai issue Featured

President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is expected to appoint a special investigation team to look into why the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant is experiencing breakdowns so frequently.

This decision has been taken as there is suspicion whether some parties are deliberately sabotaging the operations at the Norochcholai Power Plant so that power would be purchased from private diesel power produces at high rates, especially during the drought periods.

The power generator established under phase one of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant producing 300 MW was repaired over a period of three months at a cost of Rs. 690 million, but 10 days after restarting the generator it broke down again. Therefore, the President is scheduled to appoint this committee to investigate the frequent breakdowns at the coal power plant.

During the media briefing held at the Government Information Department yesterday, Minister Bandula Gunawardena confirmed that the President would be appointing a team to investigate this matter.

Minister Gunawardena also noted that due to the opposition objecting to the amendments to be made to the Vote on Account which was passed by the previous government for 2020, the current government is not in a position to pay the contractors and construction companies.