Hydropower running low - CEB
‘Worst drought in recent times but no power cuts’:
Hydropower generation has dropped to 14.8 percent due to the water
levels of hydropower reservoirs receding to 25 percent of their
capacity, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said yesterday. The
capacity of hydropower reservoirs is 323 Gwh at present. This is the
lowest capacity recorded during the past 10 years, the CEB said in a
Poor rainfall is the reason for the drop in water levels. As a result
of the water level decline, 85 percent out of the total daily power
requirement is provided through thermal power, the release said.
The water levels of hydropower reservoirs were 30 percent higher than
the present level in 1996. The power requirements during that period was
also much lower than at present. But the CEB imposed several power cuts
during that time and continued until 2009, the CEB said.
Meanwhile, CEB chairman Prof Wimaladharma Abeywickrema said Sri Lanka
is facing the worst drought in recent times but have not imposed any
power cuts as in previous years.
“Other countries in our region have eight to 20 hour power cuts,” he
“The thermal power plant in Kerawalapitiya (300 MW), Lakvijaya power
plant in Puttalam (300 MW) and Upper Kotmale power plant (150 MW)
established in the country have ensured an uninterrupted power supply
and this should be appreciated,” he said. The cost of generating power
has increased by 100 percent compared to 2010. The CEB urged the public
to pay more attention towards energy conservation so that this will help
in facing future challenges in the power sector.