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CPC, CEB urged to work together

All steps taken to avert power breakdown
Adequate coal stocks at Lakvijaya

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday directed the Ministries of Power and Energy, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to take whatever steps necessary to resolve any issues among them with respect to the purchase of oil and loans, without causing any negative consequences to the public, Ministry sources yesterday told the Daily News.

Contacted by the Daily News, Power Minister Gamini Lokuge stated that his Ministry has put in place all required precautions, including high response measures, to avert a potential power generation collapse in the country. He said the steps are being taken to build up coal stocks at coal –fired power facilities as part of these measures.

Minister Lokuge stated this in response to a Daily News question about whether the recent breakdown at the Norochcholai coal power plant, as well as Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila’s statements that he cannot lend fuel to the Power Ministry any longer, has stoked fears of a looming power crisis in the country.

According to Minister Gammanpila, the Ceylon Electricity Board of the Power Ministry owes the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation a total of Rs. 158 billion in fuel bills.

Lokuge said that these were loans that have been pending for decades before he assumed office as the Minister of Power. Meanwhile, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has urged the CPC and the CEB to take necessary steps to resolve whatever issues they may have regarding purchase of oil and loans, without the public having to face any negative impacts or power cuts.

Lokuge told the Daily News that he had extensively discussed this matter with the Energy Ministry.

“They have agreed to deliver fuel on credit on the basis of an agreement as a result of these discussions,” he said, adding that the Norochcholai Lakvijaya thermal power plant has enough coal stocks to operate at present.

“The coal supply has not run out,” he stressed. “However, we have a problem with one generator, which we will repair soon. The other three generators at Lakvijaya are working. We will have the problem generator repaired. This is normal maintenance work of a power plant,” he said.

“The Government has taken all necessary steps to ensure that the public will not face a decline in electricity generation,” he added.


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