The Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union says due to one generator of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant shutting down, the government will incur a loss of Rs.20 million daily.
Co-Secretary Engineer Isuru Kasthuriratne said the generator will be shut down till the 6th or 10th of January.
He said electricity will have to be purchased from private power plants to meet the energy capacity that is lost due to the generator being shut down.
He charged that the public will have to bear the burden of the unnecessary expenditure.
The Norochcholai Power Plant generates 900MW daily.
In order to preserve coal stocks, one of the three generators that generates 300MW of electricity to the National Grid, was temporarily shut down.