Sunday, March 13, 2016

Countrywide blackout

From Ceylon Today - BY SHAAHIDAH RIZA

The Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Anura Wijepala has decided to resign from his post, citing 'being ashamed' of the regular power outages during the last six months.
"We are not certain about the cause of these blackouts. Something strange is happening here, we will get to the bottom of this," he assured.

Sri Lanka suffered an island wide blackout yesterday (13) due total power failure, and the transmission system was utterly defective, said Wijepala. Speaking to Ceylon Today he added that the reason for such failure had not yet been ascertained. Power tripped several times, while being restored in the Colombo areas which resulted in further failures in Colombo.

"I am ashamed of the three blackouts experienced during the last six months, and I take full responsibility for it. Therefore, I will resign from my post, and send a letter of resignation to the minister, as soon as the current problem of power outage has been attended to. When these things happen, someone has to take responsibility," he said and added that the Norochcholai Power Plant has suffered a complete break down and that it will take few days to fix it. He also said that the country will be powered by other power plants, save Norochcholai.

In reference to Wijepala's possible resignation, Deputy Minister Perera said,
"We didn't consider about his request for resignation yet. We will be meeting today (14) 10:00 a.m., at the ministry. There will be a high level meeting; we will take appropriate decisions on that basis."

When asked about the possibility of a complete and sustainable restoration of the dilapidated Norochcholai Power Plant, which has suffered several breakdowns in the past, Deputy Minister Perera responded, "That is a difficult question to answer. Give us some time. We need more time to analyse the situation in order to take appropriate action.

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