Sri Lanka generates one third of electric energy from coal

Apr 11, 2014 (LBO) – With a second 300 MegaWatt power plant beginning test runs, more than one third of Sri Lanka’s daily electricity needs are now being generated from coal-fired energy, official data show. On the April 09, out of the daily energy requirement of 35.6 GigaWatt hours (millions of units of electricity), 35.6 percent came from coal. On April 08, 36.8 percent came from coal.

Coal accounted for a little over 20 percent of daily energy needs, when the first plant was commissioned.

Liquid thermal plants brought 50 percent of the energy, with plants owned by state-run Ceylon Electricity Board generating 8.0 GWh or 22.5 percent and private plants bringing in 9.99GWh or 27.7 percent.

Amid a drought hydro power was down to 13.4 percent.

The second Chinese-built plant is not in commercial production and will be put through series of tests by its builders over the next few months, before being handed over to the CEB, Senajith Dasanayake, deputy general manager and business and operational strategy said.

Depending on the test schedule and problems identified during the testing process, the plant will be shut down from time to time, he said.

Dasanayake said the plant could b