Sri Lanka extends power cuts as coal plant fails again

Coal stacksThe state-run Ceylon Electricity Board in Sri Lanka continues to implement repairs on the 300 MW Norochcholai coal power plant. The plant’s continued malfunctioning has seen almost one fifth of the country’s power generation capacity knocked out.

The situation is compounded by the fact Sri Lanka has lost 85 per cent of its hydro power capacity due to drought.

The extended power cuts come as Sri Lanka has lost almost 85 percent of its hydro power generation capacity due to a drought.

It is the fifth time the Chinese-built coal plant has failed since commissioned in March.

“In our opinion, it has not been performing up to the standards and up to the expected level,” Anura Wijepala, CEB’s deputy head told reporters referring to the country’s only coal-fired power plant.

Reuters reports that China has loaned $450m for the first phase of the coal plant and another $891m for the second phase, which is due to be completed by July 2014 when the plant is expected to generate 900 MW.

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