Sept 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s power authority, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has planned to conduct a performance test soon in the Lakvijaya coal power plant in Norochcholai.
For the performance test and the other needs, the plant is to be shut down for ten days from September 28, the Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said.
The US$ 450 million coal power plant that adds 300 megawatts to the national energy grid, commenced operations at the beginning of this year.
During the period of closure, the desulphurization unit which was disrupted by a recent fire erupted in the plant is also to be reinstalled, Electricity Board sources say.
The Minister has revealed these plans during a function held Friday (23) at Galle Face Hotel to mark the official handing over of the power plant to the Sri Lankan government by the builders of the plant, China Machineries and Engineering Corporation.
The same company is handling the second phase of the project. The second phase is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2013 and is expected to inject 600 megawatts to the national grid.