Sri Lanka appoints committee to look at Norochcholai issues


Oct 25, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka's power regulator, the Public Utilities Commission, has appointed another three member committee to investigate the recent break down of Lakvijaya coal power plant in Norochcholai.
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The committee will be chaired by Shibly Aziz, former Attorney General and President Counsel and include R I Senaratne, head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, IESL College of Engineering and Professor Kapila Perera, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa. A failure of Norochcholai occurred around 11.00 hrs on 15th October 2016 which resulted in power cuts of up to one and a half hours island-wide excluding greater Colombo. The investigation team will look at the relevant technical and non-technical evidence/information/data that requires ascertaining the causes of the failure, examine the causes for the failure, analyze whether the failure could have been prevented, make recommendations and advice to prevent similar failures in future, a statement said. "We are obliged to ensure that a coordinated, efficient and economical system of electricity supply is provided and maintained throughout Sri Lanka at all times and unexpected major failures in the generation plants have a significant negative impact on continuity of the supply," the Commission said. "Hence the new committee, appointed by PUCSL, will seek to identify the causes for the unforeseen failure and recommendations to prevent such failures in the future." Earlier the commission appointed a seven member committee to look at the environmental damage allegations that have been leveled against the power station.
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