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* Sri Lanka's china-built coal power plant failed 271 day since start
Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 11:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's China-built Lakvijaya Power Station in Norochcholai failed 271 days since commencing power generation in 2011, the Minister of Power and Energy Pavithra Wanniarachchi revealed in parliament today.

Responding to a question raised by JVP Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the Minister said the plant had been operating for 1,086 days since its commissioning and the plant failed on 271 days.

According to the Minister, Norochcholai power plant has generated a capacity of 3,646 megawatts of electricity since its commissioning in March 2011 up to last December and earned a profit of 65 billion rupees.

The Minister said the state-run power authority Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has given solutions for the problems in the Norochcholai coal power plant and CEB engineers have identified the basic reasons for its failures in some equipment and provided timely solutions for them.

However, the Deputy General Manager of the CEB Jayantha Seram who is in charge of the Lakvijaya Plant told local media that he cannot say exactly when the plant will resume operations again as the engineers arrived at the site to conduct repairs do not have the necessary equipment.

The plant halted operations on the 11th January for the 26th time since its inception following the detection of a water leak in a small pipe supplying water to one of the boilers.

The equipment required to carry out repairs are not available and need to be imported, the official told local media adding that the repairs will be delayed until the equipment is imported to the country.

However, the General Manager of the CEB Shavindranath Fernando has said that the CEB is working expeditiously to restore all the failing power plants in the country and assured that there will be no power cuts.

The Lakvijaya coal power plant adds 300 megawatts to the national grid and currently two other fuel-operated thermal power plants at Kelanitissa and Kerawalapitiya are also out of commission.

Minister Wanniarachchi meanwhile, said the completion of second phase of the Norochcholai power plant will solve all existing lapses in the plant.

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