There will be no cause for power cuts since the Norochcholai Power Plant has been made fully functional from February following repairs, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Chairman W.B. Ganegala said yesterday (April 9).
"The power plant is fully functional”, the CEB Chairman said. He said the CEB has delivered phase two of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant Project, which has added 300 Megawatts to the national grid besides the grid generation of 300 Megawatts from phase one of the Power Plant.
The CEB is conducting tests to regularize phase two of the power plant. "Testing has proved successful. The CEB is now equipped to meet the people's growing demand for electricity," he said." We are in the process of regularizing the power generation from the two power plants," Mr. Ganegala said.
"It is learnt that certain political elements are currently trying to spread a rumor that the Government is going to hand over the Norochcholai Power Plant to China, and that the CEB would sign an agreement in this regard with China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC)," he said. "CMEC is the builder of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant. There is no such decision by the CEB to hand over the Power Plant to China or to any country," he explained.
"We are going to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for Technical Corporation with the CMEC on technologies, to ensure technical efficiency of the Power Plant, which is by all means not "handing over" of its functions to anyone," he pointed out.
"There is no power plant by the name of Norochcholai Power Plant in the country. The facility is officially known as the Lakvijaya Power Plant, Puttalam," Ganegala said.
He said "Lakvijaya Power Plant will remain fully under the control of the Government."