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* Sri Lanka power authority assures uninterrupted supply despite plant failures
Fri, Jan 24, 2014, 09:30 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's power monopoly Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) today assured that there will not be any power cuts despite that operations at three thermal power plants are halted due to breakdowns and hydropower supply is limited due to lack of rains.

Additional General Manager (Generations) at the CEB M.C. Wickramasekara told state-run media that it is expected to provide 100 percent electricity to the public although there may be slight interruptions.

The power crisis has arisen due to the breakdown of three thermal power plants at the same time. The coal power station in Norochcholai has been non-operational since January 10 when a leak in the cooling pipes was detected. The diesel powered generators in Kerawalapitiya and Kelanitissa have also broken down.

Currently hydropower supply is meeting only 26 percent of the daily power requirement due to lack of rains in hydropower catchment areas.

A team from a Chennai-based Indian company has arrived to detect the leaks at the Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant and the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) which built the plant, has also contracted a Chinese company to resolve the problem.

However, the CEB expects the second phase of the Lakvijaya Plant which will upon completion add 600 megawatts to the national grid will resolve the power crisis when it becomes operational in few months.

According to the CEB official, testing of the 2nd phase is now underway and all the operations will be finalized in the next few days.

The Lakshapana and Canyon hydropower plants are now being operated without any interruptions, the official said.

He added that the authority will systematically modernize the old power plants for uninterrupted power generation.

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