CEB’s poor management led to crisis – Amaraweera

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BY Thameenah Razeek

While the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is losing money, the Lanka Electricity Co. (Pvt) Ltd. (LECO) has gained a profit of Rs 2.7 billion by 2021, according to Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

He said, most of the difficulties the country was facing were a result of poor management and inadequacies in the CEB’s senior management, this problem has developed into a national power crisis.

He also said CEB’s top management should recognise that the root cause of the power crisis is the CEB’s poor management.

“Due to insufficient rainfall from March to June each year, the reservoirs that generate electricity reach the point of drying out. In such instances, the CEB will take action to safeguard water levels in reservoirs while also generating electricity. Such difficult situations existed even while I was the Minister of Power and Energy. At the time, I opted to reduce hydropower generation and prioritise alternative electricity generation,” he said.

He said, this time around the procedure did not take place and instead, hydropower was generated utilising water from far way reservoirs. On the one hand, he claims that diesel power plants stopped producing electricity due to a shortage of funds to purchase diesel.“As a result of the drought, reservoirs have dried up. Hydropower generation has currently come to a halt. Diesel and coal power plants are the only sources of electricity. Prices have hiked. As a result, the CEB’s daily loss is rapidly increasing. However, if the CEB had concentrated on alternative energy sources and predicted potential problems, this situation would not have developed today. The people have been without power for six or seven hours today,” he said.