Sri Lanka schedules 1-hour-20-minute power cuts for Sep 20, 21

ECONOMYNEXT – Scheduled power cuts of 1 hour and 20 minutes for Monday September 20 and Tuesday 21 have been approved for Sri Lanka, Public Utilities Commission Chairman Janaka Ratnayake said.

All groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V and W will experience a 1 hour and 20-minute power cut between 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm, he said.

Sri Lanka has been able to curtail power cut durations due to the availability of hydroelectricity after months of daily outages that would go on for hours, but power outages have returned to some areas.

Coal still plays a major role in the island’s power generation. Ratnayake warned that current stocks were only sufficient till the end of October, and failure to procure enough coal would lead to long power cuts again. (Colombo/Sep19/2022)

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