Oct 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai has failed again today and the operations were halted temporarily, the Power and Energy Ministry announced today.
The plant was closed down again after a technical failure developed in its water supply network today, a spokesman of the plant said.
However, the problem was resolved and the plant was back in operations within a half hour, the spokesman said.
The plant resumed operations only a few days ago after being closed for maintenance work. The plant was closed for 40 days for annual maintenance and other repair work since August 21.
The Minister of Power and Energy, Pavithra Wanniarachchi instructed took an observational tour of the plant yesterday and instructed the officials to speed up the construction of the second phase of the power plant.
The Minister has stressed the immediate need to connect the 2x300MW second phase to the national grid.
When Phase II is completed the plant will add 900 MW to the national grid.
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, the power monopoly, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said earlier.