- Published on Thursday, 26 July 2012 11:19
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Ceylon Electricity Board said that power generation capacity of Kerawalapitiya Yugandanavi power plant which was disrupted due to a technical fault, has been resored by adding 200 MW of power to the National Grid and another 100 MW will be added on July 30th.
The CEB says that Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka made an inspection tour of the Muthurajawela Power Station and held discussions with administration and technical officers regarding the technical fault.
The Minister has urged the officials not to be deceived by the falsehoods spread by certain parties and work towards the progress of the power station. He has pointed out that CEB incurres a loss of Rs. 200 million per day by generating 85 per cent of the power by thermal power.
He has said that steps are being taken to operate the Yugadanavi power plant from liquid gas (LND) by 2014 and some other power stations will also be transformed as LND power plants in the future.
Meanwhile, the Chief Operation Officer of the power plant M. J. M. N. Marikkar said the rumours being spread by certain elements that the power plant was not functioning due to scarcity of fuel was baseless and it has no truth. He said that the cause for the breakdown at the Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai has been identified as a five-inch tear in one of the thousands of tubes in the boiler economizer.
Marikkar said that three teams comprising local technicians and engineers have been assigned to study the situation and find a solution to the breakdown. They had discovered the five-inch tear in one of the tubes in the boiler economizer, is causing the water carried through the tubes to leak.
Meanwile, a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between Ceylon Electricity Board and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development for the recruitment of skilled manpower for the Board at 9.30 am today.
The Ceylon Electricity Board has faced a shortage of skilled manpower during the last decade and this MOU would enable to get over that problem. The MOU will be signed by the Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas Alahapperuma, and the Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka.
Under the MOU, five hundred applicants including Sinhala and Tamil medium educated youth would follow a special course leading to NVQ Level 4 and then would be directed for further practical training of three years, at the Electricity Board. (niz)