Two weeks needed for Sri Lanka’s coal power plant to cool before diagnosing fault

Feb 06, Colombo: The management of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has taken steps to appoint a committee to probe the reasons for the frequent break downs of the country’s first coal power plant in Norochcholai.

The management has assigned the committee to probe the allegations leveled against the coal power plant that was installed by China under a US$ 450 million credit scheme.

There are allegations that the plant installed in Norochcholai is a used one and the jetty established to unload coal is too small.

CEB internal sources say that the power plant that broke down on January 21 due to a fire will need a fortnight to cool and until then the fault cannot be diagnosed.

The non-operational day at the power plant is costing the CEB 80 million rupees to purchase power from external sources.

The Lakvijaya coal power plant that adds 300 megawatts to the national energy grid, commenced operations in March 2011. The plant has not been in operation for 35 days last year due to the failures.

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