Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera , Minister of Passenger Transport Management and Power and Energy had a discussion with the officers of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) and Ministry of Power & Energy on the probable power crisis of Sri Lanka.
According to the facts revealed at the meeting held yesterday (05th) at the Ministry of Petroleum a power crisis of the island will be probable in April – May 2020 and it may lead to power cuts. The major reason for this situation is not including the power of 100 MW of power which should have been added to the national grid 2019-2020. CEB and the Ministry of Power & Energy had taken no measures to implement solar power and wind power which could include additional capacity to the national grid and it was detected that the Ministry had tried to make the solar power system inactive during the last five years.
In response of this, senior officers of the electricity sector express that the main reason for not adding electricity to the national grid is National Electricity Act. The officers pointed out that some sections in the Act disrupted making decisions on new electricity generation.
Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera , Minister in charge of the subject focused on the said matters and appointed a committee chaired by Mrs. Wasantha Perera, Secretary of the Ministry of Power & Energy to examine the Electricity Act and remove the sections, if any, that disrupt electricity generation. Hon. Minister Amaraweera said that a Cabinet Memorandum on this will be submitted next week.
The minister added in this meeting that constructions of the proposed LNG power plant to be established in 2020 shall be started with immediate effect and advised the officers to add more 10 Acres of state lands to the 20 Acres that have been already reserved and start the project without any further delay.
Hon. Minister Amaraweera said that HE the President, Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Hon. Prime Minister Mahida Rajapaksa have paid special attention on the electricity sector of Sri Lanka and emphasize that CEB should take measures not to occur a power crisis suffering the public .
Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera , Minister of Passenger Transport Management, Power & Energy had a meeting with the officers of the Ministry of Power & Energy, Ceylon Electricity Board and Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka. In the photograph , some senior officers of the relevant institutes including Mrs. Wasantha Perera, Secretary, Ministry of Power & Energy are in the meeting with the Minister.