(18/11/2016) – Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) issued a directive expressing its grave concerns to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) today (18), over the delay in constructing the power plants according to the approved Least Cost Long Term Genaration Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP).
“The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka approved the LCLTGEP on 15th of September 2016 and it is the sole responsibility of the Transmission licensee to adhere to approved LCLTGEP and take immediate steps to implement it, given the criticality of the power supply during 2017-2020.” PUCSL said in its strongly worded reply letter on 18th Friday.
PUCSL approved the LCLTGEP to ensure the future electricity demand is fulfilled and directed the transmission licensee to immediately construct and operate the power plant(s) for the period of 2017 – 2020, as per the approved plan to avoid the possible power issues during the period.
However the latests communication from CEB to PUCSL shows that there is an enormous time gap with the implementation plan compared to approved LCLTGEP.
Critical plants for the period of 2017-2020 have been delayed up to two years from the LCLTGEP which ultimately result in not meeting the country’s timely required electricity demand and may create issues to the continuation of supply of electricity throughout the country.
“Delay in implementation of the power plants from the approved LCLTGEP will result in failure to meet the electricity demand during 2017-2020 period,” PUCSL said.
Accordingly, PUCSL issued a directive to Transmission And Bulk Supply Licensee No EL/T/09-002 ( CEB) to submit the requested information on or before 29th November 2016. The information requested is listed below.
I. Provide reasons for the deviation from the approved LCLTGEP for each and every power plant
II. Provide a report on the impact of the power situation during 2017-2020 due to deviating from the approved LCLTGEP
III. Provide solutions/proposals in meeting the electricity demand, in the event if there is an impact on continued power supply due to the deviation from the approved LCLTGEP, during the 2017-2020 period.
IV. Provide evidence to the Commission that Transmission Licensee is not likely to contravene section 24 of Sri Lanka Electricity Act. No 20 Of 2009(as amended) and Condition 30 of Electricity Transmission And Bulk Supply Licence Number EL/T/09-002
|Major Power Plants||Plant operation date as per the approved LCLTGEP 2015-2034 by PUCSL||Latest revised plant completion date by CEB||Delay(In Months)|
|100 MW Furnace Oil Fired Power Plant 1||2017 January 1st||2018 December||24 months delay|
|70 MW Furnace Oil Fired Power Plant 1||2017 January 1st||2018 December||24 months delay|
|120 MW Uma Oya Hydro Power Plant||2018 January 1st||2018 January||On time|
|35 MW Broadlands Hydro Power Plant||2018 January 1st||2019 June||18 months delay|
|100 MW Mannar Wind Park Phase I Power Plant||2018 January 1st||2019 July||19 months delay|
|2 x 35 MW Gas Turbine Power Plant||2018 January 1st||2018 June||6 months delay|
|1 x 35 MW Gas Turbine Power Plant||2019 January 1st||2019 June||6 months delay|
|1 x 300 MW Natural Gas Fired Combined Circle Power Plant||2019 January 1st||2020 June||18 months delay|
|15 MW Thalpitigala Hydro Power Plant||2020 January 1st||Not Given||Information was not given|
|100 MW Mannar Wind Park Phase II Power Plant||2020 January 1st||Not Given||Information was not given|