Sri lanka News – Forex-starved Sri Lanka’s energy crisis continues with power outages of six hours and 20 minutes scheduled for several areas and five-hour cuts scheduled for other areas on Friday (25).
The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said the outages will occur in two blocks as follows:
Areas A, B, C,D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, and L will have power cuts of 3 hours and 20 minutes 8am to 6pm and 1 hour and 40 minutes from 6pm to 11pm.
Areas P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, and W will have power cuts of 4 hours and 30 minutes from 8.30am to 5.30pm and 1 hour and 50 minutes from 5.30pm to 11pm.
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Minister of Power Gamini Lokuge said the authorities are still facing difficulties in obtaining furnace oil and diesel needed by the CEB for power generation.
“The CEB is in need of furnace oil and diesel. Due to the lack of furnace oil we were sending diesel consignments continuously in order to generate power. So we still have several issues there,” Lokuge told reporters on Thursday (24).
He said furnace oil is scheduled to arrive in the next couple of days.
The state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) also shut down the Sapugaskanda oil refinery last Saturday (19) due to inability to obtain crude oil.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s power regulator is considering a hike in electricity prices. (Colombo/Ma24/2022)