Inside the CEB

The Ceylon Electricity Board’s restructuring is the hottest political and economic story these days. Though the tsunami destroyed more than 70,000 houses, Sri Lanka’s power demand has been establishing new records.
Last month Sri Lanka’s electricity hit a new peak of 1604 megawatts.
The Ceylon Electricity Board’s restructuring is the hottest political and economic story these days. Though the tsunami destroyed more than 70,000 houses, Sri Lanka’s power demand has been establishing new records.
Last month Sri Lanka’s electricity hit a new peak of 1604 megawatts.
Eight p.m.

At the Main Control Room of the System Control Unit of the Ceylon Electricity Board the engineers monitor and direct power distribution throughout Sri Lanka. They have to do it every minute of the day.

It is the System Control Unit that balances power stations according to the fluctuating electricity demand.

Between seven and eight in the night electricity demand peaks in the island.

“At any given time there is a certain demand for power in the country and that has to be met with the supply. There should be a central place which monitors the demand in the county and that is done by the System Control,” explains Lakshitha Weerasinghe, Electricity Engineer, System Control Unit.

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