Aug 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Power and Energy says that the Kerawalapitiya Yugadanavi Thermal Power Plant has been restored to its full capacity and connected to the national power grid from today.
Operations at the 300 megawatt plant had been suspended since July 02 due to an emergency technical failure.
The authorities repaired two of the three gas turbines of the plant and restored partial power generation by July 25 to add 200 megawatts to the grid.
Sri Lanka's power and energy authority, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) also suspended power generation at the other thermal power plant in Norochcholai due to an emergency technical failure forcing the authorities to impose temporary three-hour power cuts per day.
However the functions at the Lakvijaya coal power plant in Norochcholai was restored soon and ended the power cuts two days after enforcing.
The hydropower generation has reduced as water storage of the hydropower reservoirs have reduced to 23 percent due to the severe drought prevailing in the country. The hydropower plants have generated only 12.8 percent of the country's requirement yesterday and thermal power plants provided a load of 87.2 percent.
The CEB incurs heavy losses of about 150-200 million rupees per day for producing thermal power.