ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Petroleum Corporation will be able to keep a steady supply of furnace oil for power generation from March 03, if a letter of credit can be opened and paid on time, Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila said.
At the moment many Ceylon Electricity Board power plants which usually run on furnace oil are using auto diesel which has reduced diesel available for transport. As a result both power and transport sectors are disrupted.
“Under a tender floated for furnace oil a stock of 30,000MT is due to arrive on March 03,” Minister Gammanpila told parliament.
“If we open Letters of Credit on time, we can provide a continuous supply to furnace oil plants.”
“In addition the Sapugaskande refinery produces about 800 MT tonnes of furnace oil a day.”
If the refinery runs through the month about 24,000MT of fuel would be produced in March.
Sri Lanka’s CEB was denied permission to have one hour power cuts to conserve water for March and April when a coal plant went down and is now forced to cut more power.
Even otherwise, a deficit was expected in the dry season, Acting power minister Duminda Dissanayake said.
A capacity deficit was forecasted by power sector analysts for 2018 when the President Maithripala Sirisena cancelled a coal plant, but due to weak economic growth and Coronavirus, demand did not grow as expected.
In general peak capacity goes up by about 150Mega Watts a year.
“Even if thermal plants are given fuel without a break, due to dry season, power has to be cut for at least a short time until rains return,” Minister Dissanayake said.
Fuel needs of the power plants were as follows.
Barge mounted plant: 280MT of furnace oil
Sapugaskanda A plant: 300MT furnace oil
Sapugaskanda B plant: 300MT furnace oil
Uthuru Janani : 120MT furnace oil
Kelanitissa combined cycle: 650MT of Naptha
Kelani GT 7 Gas turbine – 400MT of Diesel
West Coast combined cycle: 1400MT furnace oil or 1500MT Diesel
Sojitz – 600MT Diesel
Other private plants: 120MT of diesel .(Colombo/Feb26/2022)