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* Chinese builder assures to fix Sri Lanka's ailing coal power plant
Fri, Jan 31, 2014, 11:35 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 31, Colombo: The China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), which built Sri Lanka's only coal power plant in Norochcholai has assured the Sri Lankan government to repair all technical failures in the ailing plant.

Top officials of the CMEC have given this assurance when the Minister of Power and Energy Pavithra Wanniarachchi met them at the Ministry today to seek a solution to the continued problems in the plant.

The Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant halted operations following the detection of a water leak in a small pipe supplying water to one of the boilers on the 11th January for the 26th time since its inception in March 2011.

The Minister has pointed out that the company needs to bear the responsibility for the constant failures of the plant which cost the government billions since the energy authority Ceylon Electricity Board needs to purchase power from private suppliers.

The Chinese company has pledged to conduct an intensive inspection into every part of the power plant and conduct repairs. Both Chinese and local engineers will take part in the repairs.

President of the CMEC Zhang Chun has assured the Minister that the power generation of the second stage of the Norochcholai plant will be in higher condition.

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