Sri Lankans face unannounced power cuts amidst efforts of buying 350 MWs

Sri Lankans face unannounced power cuts amidst efforts of buying 350 MWs

10 July 2019 12:55 pm

Sri Lankans are now experiencing unannounced power cuts from time to time with hydro-power generation being restricted due to prolonged drought countrywide despite efforts of Power and Energy Ministry to tackle power crisis.

Power and Energy Minister Ravi Karunanayake has entered into an agreement to purchase the 350 MWs of power from a number of private power plants to avert the power outage.

He also explored awarding a Turkish company a tender to provide electricity from two power-ships.

The CEB engineers concluded that a combination of hydro-power and large installations of coal-power is the optimal answer to Sri Lanka’s energy needs.

 JLanka Technologies, as a pioneer in the local energy industry, is investing heavily in providing solutions covering both ecological and economical facets of the national power crisis.

The company is driving an energy revolution in Sri Lanka, promoting alternative energy sources and energy storage to decrease the dependency of expensive fossil fuels.

JLanka believes that by creating more awareness and showing successful results, Sri Lankan electricity consumers can be empowered to run their own power generating units at home, or across industrial facilities and commercial centers, introducing the concept of ‘energy independence’ in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka depends heavily on fossil fuels and hydropower for energy, with more than 90% of the country’s consumed electricity generated from these sources.

Coal and Hydropower are by far the most economic sources of electricity for the country, but in order to cater to this insatiable peak demand, more than 50% of the required national grid power is generated through oils such as diesel, which in turn adds to the heavy financial losses of Sri Lanka’s public utility.

However, as part of its Energy Sector Development Plan for a Knowledge-based Economy (2015-2025), Sri Lanka aims to become energy self-sufficient by 2030, and intends to do so using indigenous natural gas and large hydro along with renewable sources of energy.

But while the time is right to create a strategic synergy across a mix of energy sources, the Sri Lankan power sector faces multiple key challenges.

Large investments are required for infrastructure development in the power sector, while the National Energy Policy of Sri Lanka is at the risk of facing reviews, revisions and amendments depending on a shift of power in the Government.

Additional technical challenges too may arise in terms of accommodating multiple sources of power to balance the national grid, which will require the setting up ancillary infrastructure that also lacks the required investment.