Norochcholai Power Plant will be shut down for two months from 18 June for routine maintenance.
Ceylon Today reliably learns that the maintenance work, which needs to be carried out every five years, will take at least 75 days to complete.
The power plant supplies 270 megawatts to the national grid daily and at a time when the country is going through a severe fuel crisis, shutting down the power plant would further aggravate the country’s power crisis, it is said.
Shutting down Norochcholai Power Plant will force the Ceylon Electricity Board to procure power from the few available diesel power plants and the energy crises could become acute the longer it takes to restart the plant.
By yesterday (15), the power generated by hydropower plants had reduced to 59 per cent due to the receding rainfall in catchment areas.
By Chamara Amarasuriya