High-profile committee to probe Norochcholai breakdown

Norochcholai_Coal_Power_Plant_Sri_LankaThe Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has appointed a high-profiled three member committee to carry out an independent investigation of the recent break down of Lakvijaya coal power plant at Norochcholai.

Shibly Aziz, Former Attorney Generaland President Counsel has been appointed as the Chairman of the Committee with R.I. Senaratne, Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, IESL Collage of Engineering and Professor Kapila Perera, Dean,Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa have been appointed as committee members.

The Investigation Team is required to investigate relevant technical and non-technical evidence/information/data that requires ascertaining the causes of the failure, examine the causes for the failure, analyze whether  the failure could have been prevented and make recommendations and advices to prevent similar failures in future.

A failure of Norochcholai Lakvijaya Power Station has occurred, around 11.00 hrs on 15th October 2016 which resulted power cuts up to one and a half hours in Island wide excluding greater Colombo.

As the Electricity Regulator, PUCSL is obliged to ensure that a coordinated, efficient and economical system of electricity supply is provided and maintained throughout Sri Lanka at all times. Unexpected major failures in the generation plants have a significant negative impact on continuity of the supply.

Hence the new committee, appointed by PUCSL, will seek to identify the causes for the unforeseen failure and recommendations to prevent such failures in the future. (Colombo Gazette)