The CEB Officers probing the power failure last night stated the cause for the blackout was the power consumption declining to an unusual level.
Power and Renewable Energy Ministry Secretary Suren Batagoda told our news team that these details were excerpted from the report handed over to the ministry by CEB investigators appointed yesterday to probe the power failure.
At the same time, the minimum consumption of electricity after 9 o’clock in the night was reported yesterday.
The average daily electricity consumption is 1100 megawatts but it was declined to 940 megawatt last night.
The Ministry Secretary presumed the reasons to the decline were the inclement weather and the weekend holidays.
The entire island fell into darkness after the blackout at 11.53 last night and it continued till 4 this morning.
Ministry Secretary Suren Batagoda said further investigations would be carried out.
All island power failure - fault of Norochcholai Plant?
Update : Monday, 28 September 2015 - 17:08
The Electrical Engineers Association believes the cause of the all island power failure that occurred last night was a fault that occurred at the Norochcholai Thermal Power Plant.
The all island power failure which occurred at 11.53 pm last night continued till 4am in the morning today in certain parts of the country.
However, Electricity Board Chairman Anura Wijepala told our news team that the supply has been restored fully.
Meanwhile, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya instructed the CEB Chairman to investigate the fault and submit a report to him with immediate effect.
CEB chairman Anura Wijepala said that the investigation regarding this incident has already begun.
The news published earlier:
Electricity failure island wide; orders to investigate reason