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* China assures expertise and equipment to fix Sri Lanka's failing coal power plant
Tue, Jan 28, 2014, 09:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 28, Colombo: The Chinese government has offered expertise and equipment to ensure the proper functioning of Sri Lanka's failing Lakvijaya coal power plant in Norochcholai.

The China-built coal power plant had failed frequently and the plant halted its operations again on January on the 11th for the 26th time since its installation in March 2011.

Responding to the reports of frequent failures, a team of officials from the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka under the guidance of Chinese government has met Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi today.

The Chinese officials have pledged to provide all required support and equipment to ensure the efficient functioning of the coal power plant.

They have pledged to bring experts to check the major equipment and other appliances fixed in the power plant from the relevant companies and renovate the plant if there are any construction failures, the government information department said.

The diplomats of the Chinese Embassy agreed to coordinate the suppliers of the machinery and components of the Chinese built coal power plant to have them tested the quality of the equipment. The officials also agreed to have the defects of the equipment identified and repaired by the supplier in case fault is identified, the Ministry of Power and Energy announced after the discussion.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Power and Energy M.M.C. Ferdinando, Chairman of Ceylon Electricity Board W.B. Ganegala and other senior officials participated in the discussion.

The Power and Energy Minister recently said in parliament that the plant failed 271 days out of the 1,086 days it was in operation.

The Lakvijaya coal power plant adds 300 megawatts to the national grid in the first phase and another 300 megawatts will be added in the soon to be operational second phase.

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