Power cuts from tomorrow

The Power and Energy Ministry said that power cuts will be experienced in some parts of the country for two hours from tomorrow.

A statement by the Ministry said that the power cuts are as a result of a breakdown at the coal power plant in Puttalam and the Kerawalapitiya thermal power plant.

“Due to the breakdown at the Lakvijeya coal power plant and the Kerawalapitiya power plant in the west coast there is a shortfall of 400 MW of electricity,” the Power and Energy Ministry said.

The final stage of the Kerawalapitiya thermal power plant was commissioned in 2010 and the combined capacity of the facility was to provide 300 MW of electricity to the national grid.

The Kerawalapitiya Power Plant was completed within two years and was built by a local company at a cost of USD 309 million.

Sri Lanka’s first ever Coal Power Plant “Lakvijaya” at Norochcholai was declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in March last year.

The first phase of the coal power plant added 300 MW to the national grid and was to generate 17% of the national power requirement of the country.

However Norochcholai has been facing several breakdowns since it was launched.