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Friday, 10 August 2012 - 19:37
Victoria & Randenigala power plants at risk
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Minister of Power & Energy Patali Champika Ranawake states that power generation at the Randenigala & Victoria power plants may be halted

due to the droughts being experienced at present in catchment areas.

The Ministers comments came while issuing a statement on behalf of the subject ministry in parliament.

Moreover Minister Patali also expressed his regret concerning the inconvenience caused to Advanced Level students due to the power cuts which have been implemented at present that has been induced by a failure at the Norochcholei Thermal power plant.

However concurrent to the failure at the Norochcholai power plant 300 Megawatts of electricity was de-synchronized from the national grid .

330 Mega Watts of electricity are being generated into the national grid collectively by the Victoria & Randenigala power plants at present while the total power requirement of the country stands at 2050 Mega Watts per day.

At present a two hour power cut has been imposed the island over due to the failure at the Norochcholai power plant.

If expected rain falls do not occur power generation at the Victoria & Randenigala power plants may also be temporarily halted.

Speaking to our news team Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board Professor Wimaladharma Abeywickreme expressed these views.

Meanwhile , Duty meteorologist at the Met. Department S.R. Jayasekara noted that a rainfall of 20 to 30 Mm's could be expected in catchment areas in the near future.

In related developments Non Executive Grade Trade Unions attached to the CEB are currently engaged in a strike during a crucial juncture when the power generation of the country has been jeopardized.

Speaking to our news team Chairman of the CEB's Joint Technical Trade Union Alliance U.R.K. Rathnayeke stated that they will peruse relentless trade union action until their demands are met.

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