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 Lanka main opposition accuses Army of political campaigning for President, Army denies
-- [3 hours ago]
Chinese firm to invest US$ 20 million for a saline production facility in Sri Lanka
-- [3 hours ago]
Opposition Presidential Candidate asks Sri Lankan President to stop violating election laws
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's first mass media outlet for Muslims launched
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lankan court extends remand of 38 Indian fishermen till December 31
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's John Keels in US$ 445 million deal with Standard Chartered Bank for development project
-- [7 hours ago]
'After 27 years, we gave you an election', Sri Lankan President tells North
-- [7 hours ago]
CA Sri Lanka, SEC honours top corporate leaders for demonstrating leadership excellence
Sri Lankan court sentences two Pakistani men to death for drug trafficking
Construction of houses for Sri Lanka landslide victims to begin today

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.