CEB TU action leaves several hydro-powered power plants inactive

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While all coal powered power plants are generating at full capacity and are connected to the national grid, several hydro-powered power plants have been left inoperational due to trade union action by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

Accordingly, hydro-powered plants such as the Lakshpana, Canyon, Wimalasurendra and Polpitiya power plants are not in operation, without instructions by the System Control Unit of CEB due to the union action, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said.

“We request public and electricity consumers to remain calm until situation to be normalized in due course,” PUCSL Chairman Janaka Ratnayake urged.

The CEB Engineers’ Union was scheduled to go on a strike at midnight last night, on account of the Government’s failure to meet their demands. They warned of an islandwide blackout from 08:00 am today (09) as a result of the strike.

Later, however, the strike was called off following a discussion with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The President also declared the supply of electricity as an essential service via an Extraordinary Gazette.

Despite this, several areas across the country reported power outages earlier this morning, reportedly due to the CEB’s decision to launch a strike.