There may be a four hour daily power outage in the future as the Ceylon Electricity Board is suffering from a massive fuel crisis, revealed the CEB Engineers’ Association. The Union pointed out that the power system may not be able to maintain its balance unless a four hour power outage is allowed to happen. Should a power outage not be allowed to happen, the CEB could be led to another crisis, they added.
The CEB is in possession of only 3000 metric tonnes of diesel sufficient for three days of power generation and hence fuel oil sufficient for only 22 days, revealed Union Chairman Saumya Kumarawadu.
The generation of hydropower has also declined, while the amount of water required for electricity generation in the management of water available in reservoirs for agricultural purposes, drinking water requirements and environmental purposes has been reduced.
Meanwhile, Subject Minister Gamini Lokuge went on saying that a request has been made to the Irrigation Department to continuously release the amount of water required for power generation.
As of now, the generation of power using coal has also been driven into a crisis, and the CEB is suffering from occasional breakdowns at the Norochcholai Power Plant, as well as a crisis in the coal supply.