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* 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.

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