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Use power sparingly for next five days

Power and Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Deputy Minister  Ajith P. Perera on an inspection tour at  the Norochcholai plant yesterday

The Power and Energy Ministry yesterday requested the public to use electricity sparingly for the next five days in the wake of tripping of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant.

A ministry spokesman said the public is urged to save power in support of the efforts to manage the electricity demand.

He told the Daily News if the power saving measures were inadequate, the Ceylon Electricity Board would be compelled to impose power cuts. He said the ministry will announce today whether power cuts would be necessary, adding that the timetable of load shedding will be notified to the public in advance.

The spokesman requested the public to extend their support by turning off lights when not in use and using other electric appliances efficiently. He requested factories and companies which possess generators to turn them on if possible.

Power and Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Deputy Minister Ajith P.Perera made an inspection tour at Norochcholai plant yesterday morning.

The plant was shut down due to a tripping of Kotmale-Anuradhapura transmission line on Saturday.

The minister said phase 1 (300MW) of the Norochcholai plant would be restored today, but it would take a week to resume the Phase 2 and a month to resume Phase 3.

“Until we restore two turbines out of the three at Norochcholai, we have to manage a shortfall of one sixth of daily power consumption during the working days. We hope to get more water released from Kotmale and Randenigala reservoirs for power generation to manage the situation,” he said.

The contribution of hydro-power generation has also dropped due to prevailing drought in the country.

The minister said that he instructed Ministry Secretary B.M.S. Batagoda to call for a special report on the tripping of transmission line.

“We regret any inconvenience caused to the consumers due to this incident,” he added.


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