The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka says scheduled power cuts will not be enforced across the island until further notice.
Chairman of the PUCSL Janaka Ratnayake issuing a statement said the Commission evaluated the prevalent situation and considered many facts prior to reaching this decision.
Ratnayake said the fuel required at power stations has been met, while the supply and demand was evaluated and fuel stocks and capacities were assessed and a conclusion was reached that the daily demand for power can be met.
He also noted that with the conduct of the 2021 Advanced Level Examination next month, a decision was reached that students preparing for the exam cannot be inconvenienced by the imposition of power cuts.
The PUCSL Chairman also said the third generator of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant was added to the national power grid last night and 200MW is currently being generated.
Ratnayake said the Ceylon Electricity Board proposed scheduled power cuts from the 25th of January to the 4th of February. He noted that had the proposed power cuts been enforced the economy cost of energy loss would have amounted to Rs.31 billion.
Janaka Ratnayake added the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery has thus far received crude oil and will begin refining fuel for power plants.
He claimed the refinery produces by-products of furnace oil and naphtha fuel, while fuel is required to generate 495MW through the Sapugaskanda, Colombo Barge, West Coast and the Northern Power Stations.