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Sunday, 01 April 2018 - 13:10
Power crisis looms, hydro power generation drops to 15%
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The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy said that hydropower generation has become a challenge due to the prevailing dry weather conditions.

Speaking to our news team, its media spokesman, Sulakshana Jayawardena said that water levels in the six main reservoirs used for the generation of hydropower including Kotmale and Castlereigh, have dropped to 50%.

He said that hydropower generation has declined to 15%, as a result.

President of the Ceylon Electricity Board's Engineers’ Union, Saumya Kumarawadu said that the lack of a proper plan has resulted in high dependency on hydropower.

The media spokesman of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, Sulakshana Jayawardena said that the construction of a new thermal power plant under the long-term power generation plan will be delayed by about another year due to delays in the tender process.

However, President of the CEB Engineers’ Union, Saumya Kumarawadu said that power cuts are unavoidable in future due to this situation. 

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