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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 - 13:12
Extended power cuts hamper industrialists; Water supply in Ampara effected
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The Ceylon Electricity Board states that hydro power generation will be reduced to 15% commencing today.

Due to the prevalent drought hydro power output amounted to 20% of the countries total power requirement.

Hence Deputy Chairman of CEB Anura Wijepala Speaking to our news team noted that the residual 85% was generated utilizing thermal power plants.

At present the Norochcholai power plant which is a key thermal power plant is said to be experiencing several technical failures.

Owing to the failure at the Norochcholai power plant, regular power cuts will be implemented with effect from tomorrow until the restoration of the power plant with each phase amounting to 3 hours and 15 minutes.

The deputy Chairman of the CEB also added that electricity supply to industrial sites may also be disconnected in a bid to conserve electricity.

In the wake of these developments the CEB requests of industrialists to resort to the use of generators for power production.

Meanwhile our news team obtained the views of the Deputy Chairman of the CEB Anura Wijepala concerning the Norochcholai power plant which was engineered by a Chinese construction company.

In related developments, the strike launched by employees attached to the CEB is currently underway.

According to our correspondents, several parts of the island have been deprived of power for several days.

The Amapara town has also been deprived of power, hampering hospitals and water supply to the town.

Chairman of the National Water Supply & Draininage Board Karunasena Hettiarachci speaking to our news team stated that water supply to the town had been disrupted owing to saboteurs attached to the CEB.

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