(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says the third generator of the Lakvijaya Power Plant in Norochcholai which broke down on December 03, has been restored.
The restored generator with a 300 megawatts (MW) capacity has added 160 MW of electricity to the national grid this morning (31), a CEB spokesman said.
At present there is a shortage of 300 MW during the peak hours from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. CEB engineers say that if the Norochcholai generator is activated, there will be no need for any power cuts in the future.
Meanwhile, the Ceylon Electricity Board has decided to purchase fuel for power generation from Lanka Indian Oil Company. Minister of Power and Energy Gamini Lokuge stated that attention has also been paid to obtain electricity from the private sector.
Meanwhile, the electricity regulator, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said it will announce this afternoon whether the Ceylon Electricity Board will be allowed to impose power cuts in the next two days.
However the regulator says if public and private institutions use electricity sparingly, it will be possible to provide uninterrupted power supply.