Sri Lanka utility regulator asks Electricity Board for report on islandwide power failure

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has asked state’s power supplier, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to submit a preliminary investigation report within 3 days on the island wide power failure occurred Monday 17th August 2020.

The Commission said it observed an occurrence of an island wide power failure approximately from 12.45 pm on August 17, 2020, disrupting the economic and institutional activities as well as the activities of general public.

In a letter to the General Manager of the Ceylon Electricity Board, the PUCSL said the CEB is responsible to “provide for and maintain a coordinated, efficient and economical system of electricity generation, transmission and distribution and supply within Sri Lanka at all times”.

The PUCSL noted that the CEB shall obtain prior Approval of the Commission for every scheduled interruption of electricity supply throughout the Island or major part of the Island irrespective of the cause of the same, other than the interruptions necessary due to maintenance in respect of which prior notice is given to the general public.

In the event of an unplanned interruption of electricity supply throughout the Island or major part of the Island, the CEB must submit a report including the cause for the outage to the Commission, the PUCSL said.

Therefore, the CEB was asked to submit a report containing the Initial Investigations on the cause of the failure and details of restoration process, on or before August 20, 2020.

A detailed investigation report on the failure and the actions taken to avoid similar failures in future should be submitted within a month, on or before September 17, 2020.



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