Cabinet fixes Sri Lanka's energy mix


Bringing an end to the hotly contested Sri Lanka’s energy generation mix, the Cabinet of Ministers approved a policy paper on the Sri Lanka energy generation, which officials say will pave way for a swift approval of the impending Long term Generation Plan, today.

Speaking to Daily News, reliable sources at the Ceylon Electricity Board cited that the Cabinet of Ministers approved a policy paper detailing that Sri Lanka’s power generation be a mix of thermal, Liquefied Natural Gas and heavy hydro’s.

“The policy calls for 30 percent of the generation to be thermal, another 30 percent which can be LNG, 25 percent to be heavy hydro and the remaining 15 percent to be fuel based (by-products),” sources told the Daily News. “The Cabinet of Ministers do not have the jurisdiction to approve the Long Term Generation Plan put forward by the CEB, it is up to the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka.”

Meanwhile Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union who have engaged in a work-to-rule campaign added that it is now up to the PUCSL to act fast on the Long Term Generation Plan since the Cabinet has already signified their approval of Sri Lanka’s Energy Policy.

Unionists Athula Wanniarachchi said that the meeting at PUCSL which saw the participation of the General Manager of CEB and Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy ended inconclusively. “We will keep up the strike until the generation plan put forward by the CEB is approved.”

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