Sri Lanka hydro generation recovers in November, demand flat

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Feb 05, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s hydro power generation has doubled in November 2012 on improving rains allowing the utility to cut thermal generation by 25 percent, while demand remained flat, official data shows. Sri Lanka has generated 959 million units of electricity (GigaWatt hours) in November 2012 barely changed from 958 GWh a year earlier, data from state-run Ceylon Electricity Board released by Sri Lanka’s central bank shows.

Hydro power generation in the month rose 114 percent to 396GWh from a year earlier while thermal generation fell 25.2 percent to 184 GWh.

But un December Sri Lanka also raised furnace oil prices by about 25 percent, which was being sold below cost to the power utility. One grade of furnace oil was raised to 90 rupees from 65 and another from 75 to 100 rupees a litre, officials said at the time.

CEB has sought a tariff revision from the regulator.

Purchases from power from the private producers fell 27 percent to 387GWh. Non conventional renewable energy purchases -, mostly made up of private mini-hydros – surged to 10GWh from 2GWh.

In the 11 months to November 2012 total power generation was up 2.6 percent to 10.8 GWh with hydro falling 43 percent to 2,203 an