Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Severe power crisis in Sri Lanka as three power plants fail amid lack of rains
Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 01:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka is facing a severe power crisis as three thermal power plants have failed amid lack of sufficient rains to generate hydropower.

The state power monopoly Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says it is purchasing about 60 percent of the national energy requirement from the private power generators now.

The costs are high for the purchase of electricity from the private sector and the CEB is losing immensely as a result, sources say.

The crisis has arisen due to the breakdown of three power plants at the same time. The coal power station in Norochcholai has broken down for the 27th time while diesel powered generators in Kerawalapitiya and Kelanitissa have also broken down.

A CEB spokesman said that the board is in severe crisis due to hydropower catchment areas not receiving rains. It is reported that supply may be affected if rains are not received for the next two weeks.

Currently hydropower is meeting only 25 percent of the daily power requirement while thermal power contributing 74 percent. The wind mills are providing only a percent.

Random power cuts are experienced country wide due to lack of supply at present, sources say.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lankan public asked to be vigilant on suspicious terrorist activities
-- [1 hour and 35 minutes ago]
Lot can be learnt from Sri Lanka's experience with non-state actors - Defense secretary
-- [4 hours ago]
US is looking to resume a 'more comprehensive' military relationship with Sri Lanka
-- [5 hours ago]
Apex court in India rejects plea to probe Indian army's involvement in Sri Lanka war
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lankan Chief Prelate threatens to launch protest over government failure to amend land laws
-- [6 hours ago]
Governing party of Sri Lanka unlikely to take action against members voted against local government budgets
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's main opposition prepares for Uva Provincial Council election
-- [6 hours ago]
Indian Supreme Court to hear case against role of Indian Army in Sri Lanka war
Abu Dhabi-based Rotana Jet starts flights to Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka fourth worst place for journalists' murders to go unsolved

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.