Oct 14, Colombo: Resumption of power generation at Sri Lanka's Norochcholai Coal Power Plant will be further delayed, sources at the electricity monopoly, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said.
Sources say the exact date for the power plant to recommence work will not be decided soon.
Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai was shut down for 40 days for annual maintenance and other repair work on August 21. It was to recommence power generation on October 1.
A consumer movement in the country said the state-owned power generator is losing Rs. 3.6 billion due to the shut down as the authority has to purchase electricity from independent power producers to meet the daily requirement.
Currently the hydropower contributes 66 percent of the daily requirement and the thermal power provides 29 percent of the daily need.
The CEB said this is the first free annual maintenance carried out by China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation which built the thermal power plant.
The second phase of the plant was also to commence operations in October and the generation is to be connected to the main grid in December, as CEB earlier announced.