The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has today rejected a request made by the Ceylon Electricity Board to impose scheduled power cuts.
Speaking to media, Chairman of the PUCSL Janaka Ratnayake said they received a request from the CEB to impose one-hour power cuts between 1.30pm and 5.30pm to areas based on the grouping announced previously.
He added the CEB also wanted to impose one-hour power cuts once again between 5.30pm and 9.30pm after the breakdown of the third generator of the Lakvijaya Power Plant.
The PUCSL Chairman noted that the CEB informed them that they have the capacity to meet the demand during the day peak which is at 11.30am however they will face difficulties to meet the demand from around 4pm.
Janaka Ratnayake said the CEB had informed them that they will have a shortage of around 210 MW of power during the night peak and therefore requested approval to impose two one-hour power cut slots to each region in the country.
He said however since power cuts will inconvenience the students sitting the GCE Advanced Level Examination and the public in general, they did not grant permission to impose scheduled power cuts.
Janaka Rathnayake said the third generator at the Norochcholai Lakvijaya Power Plant was added to the national grid yesterday, adding however it was shut down due to a sudden issue.
He said however all steps have been taken to add the generator to the national grid tonight.
Rathnayake said the 130MW Sojitz Kelanitissa Power Station is also scheduled to be added to the national grid on the 3rd of February.
He said they received information that the 60 MW Barge Mounted Power Plant had run out of fuel, adding therefore they requested the required fuel stocks from the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.
He said the Power Plant will be added to the national grid once again within the next one and a half hours.
The PUCSL Chairman said the Commission decided that scheduled power cuts are not required to deal with the temporary issue.
He said they informed the CEB to activate private standby generators and use the excessive power to meet the demand without imposing power cuts.