Electricity crisis due to CEB laxity -PUCSL | Daily News

Electricity crisis due to CEB laxity -PUCSL

*CEB ignored PM’s directions

The country is facing an electricity crisis because Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) did not act upon a Cabinet Paper submitted by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and approved by the government, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) yesterday told the Daily News. .

The Prime Minister presented the Cabinet Paper on the basis of the PUCSL’s recommendations for emergency restoration of power during an electricity crisis, but the CEB has ignored it outright, said PUCSL’s Corporate Communication Director and Media Spokesman Jayanath Herath.

In spite of the Government communicating to the CEB of the requirement of the synchronization of power generators in government institutions will be a catalyst to provide backup power in a potential power crisis, which PUCSL has cautioned the CEB about from 2016, CEB has shown no interest in the matter, said Herath.

“Power Cuts are blamed on the CEB as much as the cost it will have pay for purchasing power from private companies, which is an estimated Rs 50 billion,” he said.

Asked why then that the PUCSL recently signed an agreement with the Power and Energy Ministry allowing CEB to purchase 100 Megawatts of power from private power generation companies to meet the capacity cisis, Herath said, “The Commission signed the agreement with a focus to minimize public inconvenience.”

“Had the CEB synchronized the power generators, for which it actually had time from last December, it could have had 200 Megawatts of power at its command to easily weather away the present crisis,: he said,” It would be twice as much the power it is now going to buy from the private companies, and it will have been available continuously for the CEB,” he said.

We asked Herath why it was going to cost something as staggering as Rs. 50 billion.

Herath said, “It is always the case when you must purchase power without as plan, a unit of electricity is going to cost you something like Rs 120.It is going to cost billions per day. ”

“We know that the PM gave directions to the CEB to carry out the synchronization of power generators as well as to construct new power plants to face any eventuality. Had there been any action on their part, the situation would have been different under the weather,” he said. Our attempts to contact Power Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Ministry Secretary Dr. B.M.S. Batagoda, CEB Chairman Rakhitha Jayawardena were unsuccessful. 


 

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