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Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 19:15
Video: Date of restoration of Norochcholei, inactive for 271 days, still uncertain; No equipment on hand despite presence of experts
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Deputy General Manger of the Ceylon Electricity Board Jayantha Seram who is also in charge of the Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai said that he cannot say exactly when the plant will be active once again.

The CEB decided to close down the plan operation from the 10th of this month after a leak in a pipe leading to the Air Conditioning system was detected.

Although a team of engineers have already arrived at Norochcholai, they failed to begin repairs as the required equipment was available in Sri Lanka.

A CEB senior official told our news team that repairs of the plant will be delayed until the equipment is imported to the country.

Officer in charge of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant Jayantha Seram said that repairs will begin as soon as possible.

The Norochcholai Power plant added 300 Mega Watts to the national grid but 6 power stations including Norochcholai are non operational at the moment.

Consequently, the CEB warned consumers yesterday of possible power cuts.

Elaborating further Jayantha Seram stated that the Indian team will take 10 days to complete their research and that that the time frame to reopen the power plant  will depend on how severe the fault is.

Norochcholai is a Chinese investment and has reported 27 breaks-down since its activation, our news team questioned Saram about these constant failures.

In response he stated that the 27 break downs took place over a period of 3 years and that during 2011 there were 5 break downs and that 11 and 9 break downs took place during 2012 and 2013 respectively.

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