Sri Lanka power plants shut down over fuel snag

Sept 10, 2009 (LBO) – Several power plants supplying Sri Lanka’s national power grid has shut down following problem with furnace oil supplied by state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, power sector officials said. Around 270 MegaWatts of capacity held by independent power producers had been taken off line following a problem that is believed to be with a stock of 180csp furnace oil imported into the country.

The 100MW Heladanavi, 100MW ACE Ambilipitiya, 23MW Lakdhanavi, 24 MW ACE Matara and ACE Horana have shut down.

A barge mounted furnace oil plant was however operating.

Petroleum minister Fowzie said he was looking into the problem and was not aware of the details.

Plants that run on diesel, residual oil and the new West Coast plant which uses a special grade of furnace oil are operating without problems, officials said.