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* Sri Lanka power authority assures uninterrupted supply as coal power plant is fully operational
Fri, Apr 11, 2014, 12:14 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's power authority has assured uninterrupted power supply with no cuts as the troubled coal power plant in Norochcholai is fully functional again.

There will be no cause for power cuts since following repairs the Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai has been made fully functional from February, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Chairman W.B. Ganegala has said.

The CEB Chairman has said that the phase two of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant was completed and the plant has added another 300 Megawatts to the national bringing the total power generated to 600 megawatts with the supply from Phase One which has been in operation since 2011.

He said the CEB is conducting tests to standardize phase two of the power plant and testing has proved successful.

"The CEB is now equipped to meet the people's growing demand for electricity. We are in the process of regularizing the power generation from the two power plants," Mr. Ganegala was quoted as saying.

He dismissed the media reports that the government plans to hand over the Lakvijaya Power Plant to China and that the CEB would sign an agreement with the builder of the Coal Power Plant, China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) to hand over the plant.

"There is no such decision by the CEB to hand over the Power Plant to China or to any country," Ganegala has asserted. "Lakvijaya Power Plant will remain fully under the control of the Government."

"We are going to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for Technical Corporation with the CMEC on technologies, to ensure technical efficiency of the Power Plant, which is by all means not "handing over" of its functions to anyone," he has noted.

** Related Story :: Sri Lanka to hand over Norochcholai coal power plant operations to the Chinese

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