The Government informed that they would urgently commence work on various power plants to face the situation which would arise if there is a complete shutdown of the Norochcholai coal power station.

Deputy Minister of Power and Energy, Ajith P. Perera said that if Norochcholai suffered a total breakdown which would cause the plant to be closed for several days for repair, the provision of electricity 24 hours a day for the entire country would be problematic and impossible. To face this situation, our long-term power generation plan must be kick started, he added.

Since work on the Sampur coal power plant has already been delayed, commencing work on its construction is the main priority, he explained.

“The coal power plant in Trincomalee must be started with the Japanese funds. The liquid natural gas power plant in Colombo must be started. Steps will be taken to commence work on the wind and solar power plants in locations identified in Mannar, Elephant Pass, Siyambalanduwa and Welioya. Of course, it will be several years before the work on these power plants is completed,” he observed.