The JVP claims even the Subject Ministers do not have a clear understanding on whether the public will receive uninterrupted power supply after tomorrow.
Speaking during a media briefing today, the Propaganda Secretary of the JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said the government is unable to maintain the Sapugaskanda Power Plant due to the lack of furnace oil stocks while the Colombo Port Power Station is also running out of fuel.
MP Herath said the authorities claimed that only three days worth of fuel is available to maintain the Kelanitissa Power Station.
He said the government is unable to produce furnace oil due to the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery being shut down adding they are also unable to pay for the imported fuel due to the shortage of dollars.
The MP said diesel is being unloaded at the port based on decisions reached by the government adding however the country’s other industries and transport services will be affected if diesel is provided for the Power Plants.
MP Herath said furnace oil stocks at the Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals are also depleting adding the next shipment of furnace oil is expected to arrive on either 05th or 6th of February.
Furthermore, the Parliamentarian said many issues have also arisen at Hydro Power Generation Plants due to the lack of rain.
He said irrespective of the government sourcing funding it will not be able to source water required for Hydro Power Plants.
He said main reservoirs are either drying up or have already dried up due to a spike in power generation at hydro power plants.
He said under normal circumstances the reservoirs would have dried up around mid-March.
The MP said according to the Ceylon Electricity Board, Hydro Power Plants are currently only supplying 30% of the daily demand as opposed to the usual 70%.