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Sri Lanka hydro storage fall below 300 million units

Mar 09, 2009 (LBO) - Hydro storage at Sri Lanka's state-run power utility fell below 300 million units or 24 percent of capacity, with the firm offering to pay large customers to generate their own power.

A newspaper advertisement by the Ceylon Electricity Board said inflow to its reservoirs during the past five months was the lowest in 5-years, following a failed north east monsoon season.

This makes it difficult to supply power to everyone during the night peak.

On March 09, hydro storage fell below 300 million units to 299 million units (GigaWatt-hours). Yesterday some rain was seen in the hill country.

In 2008 during this time the utility had enough water to generate 724 million units of energy.

A CEB advertisement last week said 200 million units of water storage was 'critical' indicating that the utility may have to go for power cuts or 'load shedding' when water levels decline to that level.

Some CEB customers have experienced outages lasting about 40 minutes on some days, but there are no official power cuts yet.

Officials are expecting inter monsoonal rains in March and April to tide the utility over and avoid power cuts.
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