The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) will call for worldwide tenders next week to procure several power plants as supplementary power for two to five years, to shore up the national grid.
Ministry of Power & Renewable Energy, Secretary Dr B.M.S. Batagoda said that the main reason for procuring the power plants was to avoid widespread power failures which may occur, given the current drought situation. “Cabinet has already given the go-ahead to procure the power plants,” he added.
Dr Batagoda pointed out that the national grid continued to be deprived of 300 Mega Watts (MW) of power due to the failure of one unit at the Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai. Coupled with that, the drastic drop in water levels in hydropower reservoirs meant the CEB needed to balance the national grid.
Accordingly, tenders will be called next week for several power plants including a 100MW land based Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) powered power plant and a 100MW barge mounted HFO power plant. In addition, the CEB intends to procure 4x24MW HFO plants. Solar and wind power plants are also being procured, with tenders due to be called next week for a solar plant containing 80 units of 1MW each, along with another 10MW solar power plant.
The Govt will also set up two solar parks and two wind parks, each of 100MW capacity.