Oct 04, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to purchase 100 megawatt (MW) of electricity in the short term to provide uninterrupted electricity supply due to the prevailing drought.
The water levels of the hydropower reservoirs have dropped as the expected monsoon rainfall during the last year and up to this year has not been received.
In this backdrop, the government has decided to add 100 MW of capacity to the national grid from October 2017 for the next six months to provide an uninterrupted supply of electricity to the people and has sought Cabinet approval to procure the required generators on lease basis for six months with the option of extending it by further 6 months.
The emergency power will be connected to the national grid when a challenging time is encountered.
The cabinet of ministers has approved the proposal made by Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya to procure to select a supplier to supply generators on short term basis, at competitive prices through open competition bidding.
Although some reports have claimed that the purchasing additional power will be a burden on the consumer, the government believes the situation can be managed without imposing an extra burden on both the consumer and the general public.