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* Fiat plant at Sri Lanka's Kelanitissa power station to be sent to Italy for repairs
Sun, Sep 25, 2011, 10:46 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 25, Colombo: The Power and Energy Ministry of Sri Lanka says that 115 MW open cycle gas turbine known as the Fiat Avio plant GT7 at the Kelanitissa power station is to be shipped to Italy for renovations.

Once refurbished, the plant is to be re-commissioned at the Kelanitissa power station as a stand-by generator to generate power during emergency situations.

Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that the Fiat Avio plant had generated power 24 hours during the recent power crisis and therefore the authorities had decided to send the plant for its routine repairs to maintain it as a stand-by generator.

The Minister says the repairs however would be quite costly.

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is expected to spend between 3.7 million to 5 million Euros for the renovation, he said.

Ranawaka said the monies needed for repairing the plant have been added to the CEB's annual budget.

The dispatch schedule of the plant received by the CEB last year had stated that the plant had 48 GW hours of operation time left for the next three years.

Nevertheless, the shipping of the Fiat Avio plant to Italy for repairs would result in a shortfall of about 110 MW of electricity to the country's power supply for about one year.

According to Ranawaka, the CEB has already made arrangements to ensure there would not be any shortfall in the power supply.

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