No scheduled power cuts for now – Ministry

2019-03-21 at 09:05

The Ministry of Power and Energy says scheduled power cuts are not a necessity.

Speaking during a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday media Spokesman of the Ministry Sulakshana Jayawardene said power outages reported over the past few days were due to a malfunction of the second generator at the Norochcholai coal power plant, however the generator has now been repaired and added to the power grid.

Jayawardene noted hence there is no need for any further power cuts.

He said during the malfunction power cuts were required in order to maintain the stability of the grid.

However he stressed no decision has been reached thus far on imposing scheduled power cuts.

The Spokesman said authorities always reach decisions after considering the policy of the government, Ministry of Power and the CEB, which is to consistently provide uninterrupted power services.

Sulakshana Jayawardene meanwhile commented on several media reports claiming the public may experience further power outages.

He said investigations will be launched to identify individuals who have spread false rumours in the near future.

Jayawardene noted reports have spread via social media and messaging apps that are attempting to mislead the public with warped information, adding such reports claim that scheduled power cuts will be imposed, however the Chairman of the CEB cited in these reports is a former Chairman and as such the reports circulating are outdated information.

He stated investigations will therefore be launched in order to determine where this report originated and whether an individual or an organisation is behind the falsity.

He noted a complaint has been made in this regard, adding it is necessary to only allow correct information to be released to the public.

Meanwhile Minister of Power and Energy Ravi Karunanayake says steps are underway to generate electricity through utilising solar and wind energy on Delft Island.

Speaking to media following an observations visit to Delft Island the Minister said the area will be developed and power supplied.

Therefore he noted alongside the Chairman of the CEB efforts are being initiated to utilise Solar power and Wind power in order to reduce power generation costs.