CEB probes non-operational hydroelectric power plants

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Ceylon Electricity Board has opened an investigation into reports that several hydroelectric power stations in the country did not operate on Thursday (9).

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Power and Energy said the chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board should take the necessary steps to remedy the situation.

Several localities in Sri Lanka experienced power outages on Thursday (9) morning, as several hydroelectric power stations in the country did not work.

The power outage came after the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union decided to go on strike against proposed amendments to Sri Lanka’s Electricity Act.

Later Thursday (9) morning, the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union announced that it had decided to call off the strike it had called at midnight on Wednesday (8) following discussions with the president.

It is reported that the President had noted that the amendments to the Sri Lankan Electricity Act would be subject to further deliberations during the committee stages in Parliament.

Although the CEB Engineers Union said it had ended the strike, many parts of Sri Lanka have been experiencing a power cut lasting several hours since early Thursday (9) morning.

The Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union went on strike effective midnight Wednesday (8) against the Sri Lanka Electricity Amendment Bill 20 of 2009

The amendments sought to abolish the tendering process for private sector electricity supply, the Union said.

A team of corrupt individuals are trying to secure large-scale solar, wind and other power generation projects using the amendments, CEB engineers added while vehemently rejecting the misleading proposed amendments to the Energy Act. Sri Lanka electricity.

CEB Engineers formulated the following requirements:

1. To withdraw the proposed amendments to the Sri Lanka Electricity Act No. 20 of 2009 (as amended by Act No. 31 of 2013), published in the Gazette on April 29, 2022, with immediate effect,

2. Stop handing over the country’s wind and solar resources to the Adani Group (by paying in dollars) without following the bidding process,

3. Stop leading the CEB to privatization under the guise of reform,

4. To appoint without further delay a suitable professional with an irreproachable character to the post of President of the CEB.

However, Sri Lankan Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera assured Parliament on Wednesday (8) that amendments to the Sri Lankan Electricity Act will NOT abolish the tendering process for electricity. electricity supply.

He said the proposed changes would only speed up projects approved by Sri Lanka’s Sustainable Energy Authority.

The minister rejected all claims made against the amendments that the amendments were proposed to allocate solar, wind and other large-scale power generation projects to be implemented in the future among the partners interested sales representatives at will without having any competitive bidding process.

Sri Lankan Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera asked why the Ceylon Electricity Board had deprived the ability to pursue renewable energy projects for many years if the existing law does not need amendments and asked the ability to implement renewable energy projects.

In a tweet on Thursday (9) morning, he also asked why the Ceylon Electricity Board had not planned for grid capacity development and lower cost power generation.

He said he was ready to make the necessary changes, but added that Sri Lanka will never move forward with ineffective unions and a burden on the economy.

The Minister said that many trade unions are not fighting for the betterment of their profession or their institute, but for the betterment of themselves.

In his tweets, the minister said that the people have the right to uninterrupted power supply and production at lower cost.

He said Sri Lanka does not have the ability for the public to choose what service to provide and the public should fight for that right.

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