Electricity demand fell by 2 mn units over the past two days, as tidal waves washed away coastal homes on Sunday and destroyed supply lines. Electricity demand fell by 2 mn units over the past two days, as tidal waves washed away coastal homes on Sunday and destroyed supply lines.
The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is restoring supply on priority to hospitals and telecom centres, with most areas at least partially connected.
Homes in many coastal towns in the South and East were washed away, snuffed off the national electricity grid and low voltage lines supplying them extensively damaged.
“The low voltage network has been extensively affected and even to restore it, there are no homes to supply to,” officials from the CEB’s System Control Unit say.
Peak demand for electricity fell by almost 200 MW from 1387 MW last Sunday to 1195 MW on the day after Christmas when the tidal waves struck.
Energy use fell 16.2 mn units from the average 18.5 mn, though it has been picking up as lines and connections are gradually restored.
On Monday, energy use had picked up to 19.4 mn units or a demand or over 1320 MW, with the gen