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* Chinese delegation visits Sri Lanka's ailing coal power plant
Mon, Feb 10, 2014, 10:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 10, Colombo: A Chinese delegation headed by Deputy Minister of Commercial Affairs in China Shang Sheng Wong has made an observation visit to Sri Lanka's ailing Norochcholai Coal Power Plant.

The delegation had held discussions with the Sri Lankan Minister of Power and energy Pavithra Wanniarachchi and officials of the state's power supplier, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), yesterday, the state-run radio SLBC said.

The Deputy Chinese Minister has told the Minister that the Chinese authorities are highly concerned by the reports of frequent failures at the China-built power plant.

He has assured the Minister that the Chinese government and the China Machinery Engineering Company (CMEC) which built the plant will take necessary actions to repair the plant.

A special delegation headed by the chairman of the CMEC has recently conducted a survey on the limitations of the plant.

Minister Wanniarachchi has commended the Chinese government for providing the power plant to Sri Lanka at concessionary conditions.

The Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board W.B Ganegala meanwhile, has said that the second phase of the Norochcholai coal power plant has been connected to the national grid at testing level.

He has assured that there will be no power crisis, as the country's power plants have the capacity to generate 3,300 megawatts daily while the daily power consumption is about 2,000 megawatts.

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