Daily power cuts announced for four days

By Vyshnavy Velrajh

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) will impose a one hour power cut daily for a period of four days commencing from today.

President of the CEB Engineers’ Union Anuruddha Tilakaratne told the Colombo Gazette that the power supply will be disrupted islandwide in four slots from 06.00 p.m. to 07.00 p.m, 07.00 p.m. to 08.00 p.m, 08.00 p.m. to 09.00 p.m or 9.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

The power supply will also be disrupted at day time from 10am to 11.45am, 11.45am to 13.30 pm, 13.30 pm to 15.15 pm or 15.15 pm to 17.00 pm.

The areas and corresponding times when the electricity will be disrupted has been split into four groups.

He said a decision was taken to curtail the power supply due to the power plants in the country being affected as a result of the islandwide power outage reported yesterday.

The Norochcholai coal power plant is currently not functioning due to a rise in the temperature and requires to be reset after the temperature drops to the assigned level.

The Operation Protection Scheme requires to be reset following the drop in temperature which will take another 3 to 4 days, he said.

Tillakaratne further said that in order to manage the supply and demand during this period power disruptions will be imposed.

All other power plants in the country have also suffered the same fate and remain off-grid.

He added however that hydro-power plants can be reset soon while thermal power plants will require more time. (Colombo Gazette)