Hydro power generation spikes due rains

2019-07-20 at 12:13

The hydro power generation in the country has seen a notable increase following heavy rains experienced in catchment areas during the past few days.

Speaking to NewsRadio, Media Director of the Ministry of Power Sulakshana Jayawardena said the daily power demand has meanwhile reduced due to incessant rains.

He said at present, a total of 25 percent of the power demand has been met through hydro power generation plants.

Reservoirs and catchment areas in and around hydro power plants have received a considerable rainfall during the past few days and according to Sulakshana Jayawardena, the average water levels of reservoirs used for hydro power plant generation have increased to 29.4 from 21 per cent.

He added that nearly 25% of the daily power demand is met through hydro power energy whereas previously it was just 10%.

Media Director of the Ministry of Power Sulakshana Jayawardena noted that power outages have been reported in Galle, Matara, Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya districts after high power transmission lines were damaged due to fallen trees.

He said power outages were reported in Panadura and Agalawatta areas in the Kalutara district, in the Baddegama division in the Galle district, in Dickwella, Kamburupitiya and Hakmana divisions in the Matara district, Balandoa and Kahawatte areas in the Ratnapura district, in Ruwanwella and Bulathkohupitiya in the Kegalle district, in Nawalapitiya and Ginigathhena areas in the Kandy district and several divisions in the Nuwara Eliya districts also experienced power cuts due to fallen trees.

Since several high-power transmission lines have been damaged following gusty winds the Media Director of the Ministry of Power said they have taken measures to restore electricity.

However several low power transmission lines have been damages and due to prevailing weather conditions, and the Ministry says services may be disrupted intermittently.

He also said the Ministry is hoping to completely restore the services during the course of the day.