Power cuts for 2 weeks

Power cuts will continue for at least another two weeks, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said today.

CEB Vice Chairman Anura Wijepala told the Colombo Gazette that the breakdown at the Norochcholai coal power plant forced the CEB to continue with the power cuts.

He said that repairs at the power plant had not been completed and that last night one boiler was still not operational.

As a result the CEB will impose scheduled power cuts for 2 hours and 15 minutes in almost all parts of the country for the next two weeks.

The coal power plant was built using a USD $455 million loan from China’s EXIM bank and it was commissioned in March 2011.

However since then the plant has faced several breakdowns and sudden fires forcing the plant to be shut down.

The power plant was to add 300mw to the national grid.