Backup Power

Sri Lanka’s monopoly power utility was scrambling to restore power late Monday evening after two transmission lines tripped causing an islandwide blackout. Sri Lanka’s monopoly power utility was scrambling to restore power late Monday evening after two transmission lines tripped causing an islandwide blackout. The Ceylon Electricity Board’s engineers said that powerlines running from Victoria to Kotmale got knocked off for about 30 minutes early Monday evening.

The last all island blackout occurred on May 13, 2004.

The CEB is still investigating the cause, for the failure.

Usually nationwide power failures are rare in well maintained grids.

The power utility is in dire financial straits, losing around Rs 15 bn in 2004.

The workers and the government are now locked in a battle over proposed reforms to the state owned utility.

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