Heavy rains to save Rs 100 million daily for power generation

Recent heavy rains in Sri Lanka will help the country`s electricity board to save up to Rs 100 million per day.

Colombo: Recent heavy rains in Sri Lanka will
help the country`s electricity board to save up to Rs 100
million per day.

CEB reached its maximum hydro power generation capacity
as almost all major reservoirs are over flowing due to heavy
rains, Vindya Amarapala, the chairman of the Ceylon
Electricity Board has said.

Forty per cent of Sri Lanka`s power generation comes from
hydro power.

However, since the end of October the share had reached
80 per cent decreasing the demand for thermal power generation
which is normally 60 per cent of total production.

The thermal power supply has come down to 15 per cent
thus paving the way for reducing the cost of thermal power
generation by 10 GW hours daily.

All the mini hydros are also generating electricity to
the maximum and they have the capacity to provide
approximately 2 GW hours per day
"These days we have the maximum utilization of the hydro
power generation capacity and by now it has reached up to 82
percent of the (total) needs of 28 GW hours" the information
department said quoting CEB chairman.

It is estimated the general requirement of Sri Lanka
daily power consumption has come down by 2GW hours.

Around 138,000 people were affected due to heavy rains
that continued for several days in many parts of Sri Lanka.

Three persons were killed and eight injured due to rain
related incidents, the disaster management centre has said.

PTI

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