The government claims there is no need to impose scheduled power cuts daily at present adding however if the need arises the Ceylon Electricity Board will impose power cuts based on the schedule that was released yesterday.
When inquired by media regarding the statement issued by the Ceylon Electricity Board pertaining to scheduled power cuts and the statement made by Minister of Power Gamini Lokuge claiming there is no need to impose power cuts, Minister Pathirana said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa requested that the crisis be managed without disrupting people’s lives.
Speaking during the weekly Cabinet decisions media briefing Minister Pathirana noted under the prevailing situation a generator at the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant has become inactive adding the CEB believes that it will take nine to 10 days to reactivate the generator.
He added there will be no issues after the generator is reactivated.
Minister Pathirana noted the country has sufficient furnace oil for operations at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery adding that it is being distributed in a methodical manner.
He said he believes the government will be able to manage the prevailing situation over the next five days.
Minister Pathirana noted however there may be power outages at times, based on plans that have been presented thus far.
He said therefore the CEB issued a statement regarding power cuts as a warning, in case of an emergency situation.
When inquired by media regarding whether the agreement signed to develop the oil tank complex in Trincomalee was tabled before the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister Pathirana said the agreement was signed following Cabinet approval.
The Minister stated accordingly the Trincomalee Petroleum Terminal will develop 61 tanks at the oil tank complex, after the relevant investments are made.
He added 14 tanks were handed over on lease to Lanka IOC while 24 tanks were given to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, through an agreement.
The Minister stated the relevant agreement also received Cabinet approval adding that Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila will take steps to table the agreement in Parliament and reveal it to the public.