PUCSL to decide on power purchases | Sunday Observer
To meet demand during dry season

PUCSL to decide on power purchases

7 March, 2021

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) will decide on a supplementary power purchase to meet the demand during the dry season, a senior official said yesterday.

The decision on this will be taken at a Board meeting on Tuesday, PUCSL Chairman Janaka Ratnayake said.

He said they will discuss the purchase of the supplementary power, the cost and the necessity among other related issues at the meeting.

“We are heading for the dry season that is expected to prolong for two more months. During this time water levels in the hydro catchment areas will drop and, therefore, power generation is also affected. If necessary, we will opt for supplementary power purchases,” he said.

He assured there will be no power cuts during this period since the current water levels are sufficient to meet the demand.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said this week that the electricity supply throughout the country will reach 100 percent by the end of this year.

About 84,000 households are yet to be provided with power supply.

Construction work on the country’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant in Kerawalapitiya commenced this week.

It is expected to cost Rs. 40 billion and will add another 350 MW to the national grid.

Premier Rajapaksa said the latest technology will be used to construct the environment-friendly power plant that will meet 13 percent of the demand.