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The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) last week requested the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to submit its implementation plan including milestones for each of the power plant(s) identified in the plant schedule for the period of 2017-2020, of the recently approved Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP) 2015-2034.

The Commission said that the implementation plan should be submitted to the Commission on or before 28th of October 2016.

The Commission approved the LCLTGEP 2015 – 2034 on 15th of September 2016.
The Commission emphasized, the power plants listed in the LCLTGEP for the period of 2017 – 2020, should be immediately constructed and operated, to prevent the possible power shortage in year 2018 and beyond.

“The demand for the electricity is on the rise and we have warned about a possible power shortage in 2018. So on time implementation of CEB’s approved generation expansion plan is the key for Sri Lanka to sail through this crisis,” Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General of Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka said.

“There is no other way. The plants listed in the LCLTGEP for the period of 2017 – 2020, should be immediately constructed and operated, to prevent the possible power shortage in year 2018 and beyond.”

These plants include two thermal power plants with the capacity of 170 MW in Southern region, 105 MW gas turbines, 300 MW natural gas power plant and several renewable energy power plants with the capacity of 655 MW which include three major hydro power plants.

Accordingly about 1,230 MW would be added to the national grid during next four years.