The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy explained that they were looking into how the available existing power plants could be operated without technical failures.
Director (Development) at the Ministry, Sulakshana Jayawardena said that at present owing to hydropower generation being non-existent owing to the drought currently prevalent in the country, in order to provide 24 hours uninterrupted electricity power supply, they had to resort to using expensive thermal power plants for which an additional cost was incurred.
He added that they also required the ensuring of a continuous supply of fuel, an adequate supply of which they could not obtain due to the recent trade union action of the Petroleum employees, for the purpose of operating thermal power plants.
“We are looking at Norochcholai (a Chinese team is to repair the third power generating plant unit machine terminal which has malfunctioned) and Kelanitissa, the latter a privately-owned power plant which generates 163 mega watts which is a sizable contribution. Elsewhere, we are promoting energy conservation and energy management aspects among the general public and various relevant institutions. For an example, under the Surya Bala Sangramaya programme project, the public can install solar panel cells atop the rooftops of their buildings and during the daytime provide the power generated to the Ceylon Electricity Board for which a payment will be made,” he explained.