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Kelanitissa Dual Cycle Power Plant to be restored after being out of operation for over a year

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By Ifham Nizam

 

The Kelanitissa Dual Cycle Power Plant, which was out of operations for more than a year due to technical faults, would be re-connected to the national grid on April 4, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Chairman Eng. Vijitha Herath said yesterday.

Herath told a media briefing at the CEB Headquarters in Colombo, the Dual Power Plant was currently undergoing restoration and was in the testing phase.

The power plant, which is fully owned by the CEB, commenced generating electricity in 2003 and has a capacity of 165 MW.

The CEB Chief said that out of that entire capacity 110 MW was generated by gas turbines and the remaining 55 MW by steam. After a repair of the steam turbine on July 19, 2019, it was reconnected to the national grid on October 12, 2019.

“But again, there was a breakdown in the gas turbine. Accordingly, since the repair work is mainly done by the Turbine Supply Company, this turbine has been referred to the relevant company for the repair,” he added.

The company has not agreed to repair the turbine and has said that new parts will have to be installed. Accordingly, with the approval of the Procurement Committee of the Ministry of Power, Quartzs Electric?  has been sent to Dubai to repair the machinery.

The repair cost of the gas turbine is USD 1.27 million, USD 850,000 for the repair of the steam turbine and USD 75,000 for the reassembly and installation of these machines. Although the company had announced the completion of the repairs on June 20, 2020, it had completed it by July 13 due to the Corona epidemic.

The turbine was returned on 20.02.2020 due to delays in the transport of machinery to Chennai, India, for the remaining work.

The CEB Chairman also said that the Kelanitissa Dual Cycle Power Plant, is currently under investigation by a committee comprising Professor B. Wijeratne, Leelananda Rajapaksa, Leelananda Samaranayake and CEB Vice Chairman Nalinda Illangakoon.

 
 


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Six nabbed with over 100 kg of ‘Ice’

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By Norman Palihawadane and Ifham Nizam

The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) yesterday arrested six suspects in the Sapugaskanda Rathgahawatta area with more than 100 kilos of Crystal Methamphetamine also known as Ice.

Police Media Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ajith Rohana told the media that the PNB sleuths, acting on information elicited from a suspect in custody had found 91 packets of Ice.

A man in possession of 100 kilos of heroin was arrested in Modera during the weekend and revealed that a haul of Ice had been packed in plastic boxes.

The PNB seized more than 114 kilos of Ice from the possession of a single drug network.

According to the information elicited from the suspects, more than 100 kilos of Ice were found.

The PNB also arrested six persons including two women with 13 kilos of Ice, during an operation carried out in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela on Sunday.

DIG Rohana said the ice had been packed in small plastic boxes and hidden in two school bags.

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PM intervenes to iron out differences among coalition partners

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By Norman Palihawadane

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that he was confident that differences among the constituents of the SLPP coalition as regards the May Day celebrations and the next Provincial Council elections could be ironed out soon.

Leaders of all SLPP allied parties have been invited to a special meeting to be held at Temple Trees with the PM presiding on April 19.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said it was natural for members of a political alliance to have their own standpoints and views on matters of national importance. “This is due to the different political ideologies and identities. It is not something new when it comes to political alliances world over. In a way, it shows that there is internal democracy within our alliance.

The PM said: “As a result of that the allied parties may express their own views on issues, but that does not mean there is a threat to the unity of the alliance. An alliance is more vibrant and stronger not when all the parties think on the same lines but when the member parties have different ideologies.”

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Thilo Hoffman remembered

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A copy of the book “Politics of a Rainforest: Battles to save Sinharaja” was handed over to Dominik Furgler, the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka by the author of the book, Dr. Prasanna Cooray at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo last Tuesday, to be sent to the family of the late Thilo Hoffman in Switzerland.

Hoffman, a Swiss national, who made Sri Lanka his second home for six decades, was a pioneering environmental activist who led the battles to save Sinharaja from the front in the early 1970s, abreast with the likes of Iranganie Serasinghe, Kamanie Vitharana, Lynn De Alwis and Nihal Fernando of the “Ruk Rekaganno” fame. That was the era when the trees of Sinharaja were felled for the production of plywood by the then government. Hoffman was also a livewire of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) for a long time. Hoffman died in 2014 at the age of 92.

The book includes a chapter on Thilo Hoffman.

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