Kelanitissa goes off grid

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By Chamara Amarasuriya

A senior official from the CEB stated that due to the acute fuel crisis in the country the Kelanitissa Power Plant was also rendered defunct with effect from yesterday (31 March).

He mentioned that during the recent past the Kerawalapitiya and Sojitz Power Plants had also ceased operations due to the same reason.

The CEB official added that in order to revive the Kerawalapitiya and Sojitz Power Plants the Indian Oil Company has consented to supply 6,000 MT of diesel. 

Meanwhile, CEB engineers warned that due to the severe drought conditions in the country having reduced water levels of major reservoirs to a minimum level, the electricity generation via the hydro catchment areas could only last for a confirmed period of a fortnight.

They said that due largely to the prevalent dry weather the electricity generation via the hydro catchment areas had currently dwindled by 80 per cent while further aggravating the country’s ongoing power crisis.

Hence, the CEB engineers warned that following the end of the forthcoming New Year period, if the country does not receive sufficient rain to fill the major reservoirs, the generation of electricity could crumble altogether.