Sri Lanka’s CEB says Tuesday power cuts due to breakdown at Sojitz; no more interruptions

ECONOMYNEXT – The power outages reported in several parts of Sri Lanka Tuesday (11) evening – hours after an assurance of no scheduled interruptions in January – were due to a breakdown of an independent power producer, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said.

Electricity will continue to be supplied in the coming weeks with no interruption, CEB Additional General Manager, Corporate Strategy, D C R Abeysekara told EconomyNext Wednesday (12) morning.

Tuesday evening’s outage was the result of a breakdown had occurred at Sojitz Kelanitissa, an independent thermal power generator that produces 163MW, said Abeysekara.

“It was repaired yesterday itself in a matter of hours by the engineers,” he said.

“When the capacity given to the CEB gets interrupted in such way, a power cut can occur.”

The Sojitz power plant has been contributing to the national grid since 2003.

Abeysekara said, with no other breakdown the CEB expects uninterrupted supply in the coming days.

“Unless something happens beyond our control, we are not expecting any interruptions”.

CEB published a power shedding schedule on Monday (10), amid a breakdown at the Norochcholai power plant. However, CEB officials as well as the Power Minister said, with enough furnace oil being supplied to the Sapugaskanda power plant, there won’t be any power cuts in January.

According to CEB, the breakdown at Norochcholai will take approximately 10 days to fix. Officials said engineers expect to complete the repairs by the end of January. (Colombo/Jan12/2021)

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