Lakvijaya stalled but no blackouts envisaged

The Lakvijaya Power Station in Norochcholai has ceased to function due to a breakdown.

All the three coal-fired power stations in the facility are at a standstill from Saturday due to multiple plant failures, sources at the Norochcholai power plant told the Daily News.

However, a Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) source said they can deal with the situation without blackouts despite the power crunch.

A CEB engineer said the impact of the heavy rains in recent days reduced overall electricity consumption in the country.

"Hence, the broken down Lakvijaya facility in Norochcholai is unlikely to become a problem as far as the national grid is concerned," he said.

The first and the second phases of Norochcholai plant had been inactive pending repairs. With the third phase of the plant now defunct, the 900 Megawatt facility does not generate any power. Our attempts to contact Deputy Power and Energy Minister Ajith P Perera and a CEB media spokesperson for further comments on the matter was unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, the technical problems of the facility remain unspecified, according to CEB trade union collective. 

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