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Power cuts due to Kelanitissa fuel shortage

Amidst power outages reported from multiple areas yesterday (13), the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said that this was due to two units at the Kelanitissa Power Plant running out of fuel.

CEB Media Spokesman Andrew Nawaminna has reportedly told the media that two units at the Kelanitissa Power Plant had run out of fuel, which had led to the sudden power outages yesterday, with more potential power outages in the future.

The CEB released a power cut schedule on Monday night (10), in case of necessary power outages, which has divided the country into four groups. Between the times of 5.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m., one-hour power outages have been scheduled for each of these areas from Monday to Saturday. Sunday is not included in the schedule.

However, on Monday, Minister of Power Gamini Lokuge said that the public need not be concerned about daily power outages as of now, as “all measures” have been taken to avoid power shortages in the country. He assured at the time that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) is giving fuel to the Kelanitissa and Colombo Fort Power Stations. The following day, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said that there is a possibility of power cuts occurring within the next 10 days, as scheduled by the CEB, due to the ongoing repairs at the Norochcholai Power Plant.

On 9 January, a senior CEB official told The Morning that the CEB has been asked to pay Rs. 18 billion to the CPC as soon as possible for the purchase of fuel.

The Morning’s attempts to contact Lokuge, Ministry of Power Secretary Wasantha Perera, Ministry of Power Spokesman Sulakshana Jayawardena, and the CEB General Manager regarding this matter and the reported power outages yesterday proved futile.

Power cuts due to Kelanitissa fuel shortage