Sri Lanka power generation, diesel sales up in October

(From left) Dharmasri Kumaratunga, Director - Payments and Settlements, Central Bank; Nanda Fernando, Managing Director, Sampath Bank; and Tharaka Ranwala, Head of Operations and Group Chief Marketing Officer, Sampath Bank

Jan 15, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s power generation rose 3.9 percent in August 2009 to 856 GigaWatt hours from a year earlier, with hydro power increasing its share, and diesel sales were also up the latest official data showed. Sri Lanka’s power generation contracted in the first half of the year in line with a slowing economy. But economic activities including external trade has picked up in the second half.

In October, state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) had generated 327 million units or GigaWatt hours of hydro power up from 292GWh a year earlier. CEB thermal generation fell to 149GWh from 176 last year and wind was flat at 0.2GWh.

Private sector generation also rose to 381GWh from 357 and emergency power fell to 7GWh from 8GWh.

From January to October power generation was still down 1.3 percent from a year earlier at 8,185GWh. CEB hydro was down 17.6 percent to 2,659GWh and thermal was up 1.7 percent to 1,796GWh.

Private sector power was up 12.6 percent to 3,728GWh and emergency power was down 18.2 percent to 72GWh.

Auto diesel sales were up 25.0 percent to 155,000 metric tonnes in October. Diesel is widely used for power generation in Sri Lanka. Diesel sales were up 6.2 percent to 1,436,000