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Power cuts inevitable from today - CEB

Power cuts are possible from today due to the shortage of fuel, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) acting General Manager Susantha Perera said.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, he said, if new furnace oil stocks are not made available for power plants, the national grid would suffer a shortage of 183MW and the Board would be compelled to go for load shedding at night.

He said the time schedule for power cuts would be announced by today.

“Next shipment of furnace oil is expected only in March, and there is a question of finding dollars to clear even that load,” he stated.

Operations at the Sapugaskanda Power Station came to a halt on Saturday as it ran out of furnace oil, depriving 108MW to the National Grid.

There were no power cuts during the weekend as the demand was comparatively low. The acting GM said there would be a short supply of about 50 MW to the National Grid today, but there would be no power cuts as a result of that.

“The barge mounted plant at the Colombo Port (60MW) and the 24MW Uthuru Janani power plant in Chunnakam are also to run out of fuel by tomorrow. The Yugadanavi 300 MW power station will also run out of fuel in 10 days, but the Norochcholai coal power plant 3 (300MW) will be ready by then after repairs. However, the 183 MW shortage will remain until furnace oil is made available,” he commented.

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