Author Archive for Energy

Uninterrupted electricity supply soon: Minister reveals plan

Saturday, May 21st, 2022

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, May 21 (Newswire) – Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara says that the government has decided to supply fuel for electricity generation as a priority, to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply in the country. He said that with the Norachcholai power plant expected to be back in full operation by tomorrow after […]

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Police to begin crackdown on people hoarding fuel for resale

Saturday, May 21st, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka Police has decided to begin island-wide raids from tomorrow (May 22) in search of people hoarding diesel or petrol for resale. Police spokesperson said such persons will be taken into custody.

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Energy Minister says petrol unavailable for two days

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara has requested the general public to refrain from waiting in queues to obtain petrol as supplies are unavailable today and tomorrow (May 19 and 20). Giving an update on the fuel stocks available in the country during today’s parliamentary session, the lawmaker pledged to resolve the […]

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Cabinet nod to allow specific sectors of economy to import fuel individually

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Cabinet of Ministers has given the approval to amend the Petroleum Products Act to allow specific sectors of the economy to individually import and use the fuel they require. The proposal was presented by Minister of Energy Kanchana Wijesekara. As fuel is essential for all economic activities in the country, it has […]

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Crisis-hit Sri Lanka, India revive talks to link electric grids

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

By Devjyot Ghoshal and Uditha Jayasinghe Courtesy FXEMPIRE COLOMBO (Reuters) – India and Sri Lanka have resumed talks on linking their electricity grids, officials told Reuters on Tuesday, a step that could aid New Delhi’s goal of reducing China’s influence on the island nation, now grappling with a severe economic crisis.Advertisement 71% of retail investor […]

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Ceylon Petroleum Corporation limits dispensing fuel for vehicles

Friday, April 15th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation says dispensing fuel volumes for vehicles at filling stations is limited with effect from 1.00 p.m. today (April 15). Thereby, filling stations are permitted to pump only fuel worth Rs. 1,000 for motorcycles at a single time. For three-wheelers, the limit has been set at Rs. 1,500 worth of […]

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CPC halts pumping fuel into portable containers for three days

Monday, April 11th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) says that fuel will not be pumped into canisters, barrels and other portable containers at CEYPETCO filling stations on April 12, 13 and 14. CPC Chairman Sumith Wijesinghe said that a decision was taken to suspend issuing fuel to cans and such as a preliminary step as there […]

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Payment made for another 37,500 MT diesel shipment

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) says that a payment of USD 52 million has been made to a Singaporean company for 37,500 metric tonnes diesel in a tanker held at Colombo Port for the last two weeks. CPC chairman Sumith Wijesinghe said that unloading of the fuel stocks will commence tomorrow (April 07).

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Sri Lanka receives two shipments of petrol and diesel

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Two shipments of fuel have been delivered to Sri Lanka in the last 24 hours under Indian credit line, the High Commission of India in Colombo says. Each consignment contained 36,000 metric tonnes of petrol and 40,000 metric tonnes of diesel. Taking to its official Twitter account, the high commission stated that this […]

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12-hour power cuts scheduled for tomorrow

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved power cuts of 12 hours for tomorrow (April 01), as requested by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB). The CEB had requested for 12 hours power cuts due to the limited supply of fuel for thermal power plants, the PUCSL said. Accordingly, the power […]

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Thirteen-hour power interruptions tomorrow

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved the Ceylon Electricity Board’s request for 13-hour interruptions to the power supply tomorrow (March 31). The CEB had sought to increase the duration of power cuts to 13 hours due to the unavailability of fuel for thermal power plants. Thereby, the areas listed […]

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US assistance for renewable energy projects in Sri Lanka

Monday, March 28th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The recent US-SL Partnership Dialogue underlined our commitment to a democratic, prosperous, and sovereign Sri Lanka. I met with President @GotabayaR to discuss SL’s economic challenges and how we can work together to promote inclusive governance and protect #humanrights.— Ambassador Julie Chung (@USAmbSL) March 28, 2022 US Ambassador Julie Chung has said that the United States Agency […]

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Time for Sri Lanka to move from the Hydrocarbon age to the age of Electricity

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

Harvey Perera  Currently, we are using hydrocarbons for all our energy needs. We use it for our transportation, for cooking, and production of some of the electricity. Due to global warming, it has become imperative that we start using renewable energy instead of hydrocarbons for our energy consumption. If we switch to electricity we can […]

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President directs to add 5,000 MW to national grid from renewable energy sources

Sunday, March 13th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has given directives to make arrangements to generate 5,000 MW via renewable energy sources and add them to the national grid within next six years, Minister of Highways Johnston Fernando says. As a part of the new programme, the approval of the cabinet sub-committee has been given to India’s Adani […]

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PUCSL approves CEB request for emergency power purchase

Friday, March 11th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) says it has approved the request of the Ceylon Electricity Board for emergency power purchase subject to the conditions given by the PUCSL. Considering the existing fuel shortage of the country and electrical energy capacity shortage of the CEB, coupled up with the long term […]

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අර්බුදය ගැන විදුලි බලධාරීන්ගෙන් ඇමතිනියට පාඩමක් (වීඩියෝ)

Sunday, March 6th, 2022

උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත් පවතින ඩීසල් අර්බුදය අනිද්දා පමණ වන විට පහව යනු ඇති බව ඛනිජ තෙල් තොග ගබඩා පර්යන්ත සමාගම පවසනවා. කෙසේ වෙතත් අද දිනයේත් දිවයින පුරා පිරවුම්හල් අසළ පෝලිම් දක්නට ලැබුණා. ඇතැම් ස්ථානවල ඉන්ධන මිලදී ගැනීමට පැමිණ සිටි ජනතාව අතර ද උණුසුම් තත්ත්වයක් ඇති වුණා. එමෙන්ම, දින කිහිපයකට පසු ඇතැම් ඉන්ධනහල්වලට ඉන්ධන ලැබීමත් […]

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Despite assurance of no power cuts, over 7-hour cuts on Monday

Sunday, March 6th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved the request made by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to have rotational power shedding for over seven hours on Monday (07) despite an earlier statement saying there would be no power cuts from March 05. The PUCSL granted permission for seven […]

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Problem of so-called unreliability of solar and wind energy

Saturday, March 5th, 2022

Chandre Dharmawardana This alleged ‘unreliability of solar and wind energy’ is a matter brought up repeatedly by the CEB, and was also brought up by even knowledgeable commentators, like Dr. Kumar David, a professor of electrical engineering. The unreliability exists if you rely on the sun shining on one or two large installations. But, if […]

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Four and a half hour power cuts tomorrow

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved the request made by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) for rotational load shedding tomorrow (Feb. 23), due to the shortage of fuel supplies.  PUCSL Chairman Janaka Ratnayake said that power cuts of 04 hours and 40 minutes will be imposed in the areas […]

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Renewable energy producers say they can generate more power if govt and CEB support

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

by Sanath Nanayakkare Courtesy The Island From Left: Manjula Perera, Wind Power Developers Association Secretary, Thusitha Peiris, Small Hydro Power Developers Association President, Lasith Wimalasena, Ground Mounted Solar Developers Association President, Chamil Silva, Bio Energy Developers Association President, Kushan Jayasuriya, Solar Industries Association President. In the backdrop of dwindling foreign currency reserves and capacity shortages, […]

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