Coal Power Plant second stage: Delay caused Rs 250 m daily loss to CEB | Daily News


Coal Power Plant second stage: Delay caused Rs 250 m daily loss to CEB

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) incurred a daily loss of Rs 250 million due to the delay in implementing the second stage of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant. The delay had been caused due to a tug-o-war among three State institutions.

This is stated in a report submitted to Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera by a team of high level CEB officials who conducted an investigation into the causes for the losses incurred by the CEB.

Submitting the report to Minister Amaraweera at a discussion held at the Petroleum Resources Ministry regarding the launch of electricity projects, the officials requested the Minister to initiate early action in this regard.

At the discussion Minister Amaraweera directed the CEB, Public Utilities Commission, and Sustainable Energy Authority to implement decisions collectively. The Minister also promised to rectify any lapses in the CEB Act to create an environment for them to launch power projects without delay. Construction work on the Norochcholai Plant second stage and the Kerawalapitiya LNG Power Plant are due to begin this year.

These two plants would add an additional 600 Megawatts of electricity to the National Grid.

The Minister directed officials to begin work on Norochcholai Stage 2 project first.

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