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Norochcholai Power Plant’s Unit 3 breaks down

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has given approval for emergency power purchases from the Independent Power Producers for a short period to make up for the shortfall due to the breakdown of the Unit 3 of Norochcholai Power Plant.

 PUCSL Chairman Janaka Rathnayake said the above decision was to avoid lengthy power cuts running to 5-6 hours.

He said the scheduled power cuts would be maintained at two hours and 20 minutes per day, by depending more on thermal power plants.

“Only one generator out of the three at the Norochcholai plant are currently working.One Unit is shut down for maintenance and another unit broke down yesterday. As a result, the national grid has lost 550MW. The CEB said that repairing Unit 3 would commence on Wednesday and be completed by Monday. The other Unit, which is under maintenance, will also be added to the grid from October 1. Until such time, required quantities of Diesel and Naphtha have been facilitated to meet the shortfall from thermal power plants,” he said.

Responding to a question by a journalist on the controversy related to the quality of crude oil imported to the country, the Chairman said that he maintains his previous allegation that furnace oil produced from the recently imported crude oil cannot be used in some thermal power plants in the country.

“Its Sulphur content is three percent whereas it has to be below two percent. Due to this reason, the environment pollution is high. Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara has claimed that he would initiate legal action against me. In fact, I am glad if it is done, so that clarity will prevail upon the matter. The Minister should have addressed the problem rather than directing the finger on individuals who point out the problem,” he remarked.

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