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Monday, 13 August 2018 - 13:26
COPE looks into alleged power purchasing deals
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Purchasing power from two controversial private power plants has become a dispute.
 
The Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) recently called a report from the respective authorities in this regard.
 
Media reported recently that the CEB was planning to purchase power from these two companies saying that the move is being taken to deal with the impending climate conditions in the next three years.
 
The Public Utilities Commission stated however that there was no such need to purchase power for the next three years.
 
The secretaries of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, and National Policy and Economic Affairs and, top officials from the CEB and PUC were summoned before COPE to inquire into this alleged deal
 
After lengthy questioning, COPE recommended that power should not be purchased from one of the companies, A. S. Matara of Embilipitiya.
 
In addition, COPE expects to request a report with regard to a future agreement with another power company, Asia Power.
 
The media reported that the CEB has already decided to sign agreements with these two companies to purchase power for the next three years.
 
The reports further stated that the Cabinet has already approved the signing of the two agreements.
 
Meanwhile, CEB joint trade union federation convener, Ranjan Jayalal charged that the attempt by the officials to purchase power from private power plants is not meant to cater to the public need.
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