60,000 MT of coal will reach Sri Lanka on Friday (6); Norochcholai to run on full capacity from Sunday (8)


COLOMBO (Information 1st) – Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Energy and Vitality stated {that a} cargo of 60,000 MT of coal will attain the nation on Friday (6).

The Ministry stated that one other 5 coal shipments are anticipated to achieve Sri Lankan shores in January and funds for the fives shipments have already been made.

The generator on the Norochcholai Energy Plant that was the shutdown for upkeep will probably be reactivated on Sunday (8), stated the Ceylon Electrical energy Board.

One generator on the Norochcholai Coal Energy Plant was shut down on the twenty second of December 2022 citing early upkeep and resulted within the lack of 300 MW to the nationwide energy grid.

Within the midst of all this, a proposal is made to as soon as once more improve the electrical energy tariff.

In keeping with the nation’s Energy & Vitality Minister the target of this tariff hike is to cowl the price of offering a steady provide of electrical energy.

One of many situations offered by the CEB engineers will probably be used for this goal, and based on the Minister the era plan is as follows:

27% from hydro-power
28% from Coal
13% from Diesel and Furnace Oil
2% Wind Energy 
12% from Non-public Diesel or Furnace Oil Energy Crops.
13% from Solar energy crops
4% from rooftop photo voltaic panels

The CEB Staff’ Union allege that that is an try to cut back the low value manufacturing utilizing coal, and to extend the manufacturing that will value extra.

In keeping with them, it solely prices Rs. 47/- to generate one unit of electrical energy utilizing coal.

Nonetheless, if Diesel is used to producing one unit of electrical energy, the fee could be north of Rs. 100/-.

The associated fee to generate one unit of electrical energy utilizing furnace oil is Rs. 65/-.

Subsequently, a further value should be borne after electrical energy era utilizing coal is decreased, and the lacking capability is sourced utilizing gasoline and from privately-owned energy crops.

One generator on the Norochcholai Coal Energy Plant was shut down citing early upkeep, nonetheless, the choice got here because of the delay in procuring coal.

The electrical energy capability that was misplaced by shutting down the generator is now being sourced from the West Coast Energy Plant in Kerawalapitiya which makes use of Furnace Oil to generate electrical energy.

If this generator is shut down till the date {that a} coal cargo is because of arrive in Sri Lanka, the extra value to offer electrical energy is a whopping Rs. 3.2 Billion.

The Chairman of the Public Utilities Fee of Sri Lanka Janaka Ratnayake on Thursday (5) stated that the PUCSL it’s not contemplating any tariff hike in the meanwhile.

He advised the Authorities to look into precise monetary knowledge of the Ceylon Electrical energy Board to enhance the cash-flow administration.

He additionally slammed the presentation made to the Cupboard on the proposed electrical energy tariff hike noting that the presentation was made by new normal supervisor of the Ceylon Electrical energy Board, an engineer and the Secretary to the Ministry of Energy and Vitality, utterly disregarding the right process.

He stated if the cupboard goes forward with the proposed tariff hike, the PUCSL will use its energy to VETO such a call.



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