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Government Decides on a Single Standard for Plugs and Socket Outlets in Sri Lanka

28 September in Uncategorized

Architects, Engineers, Technicians and Electricians to use only 13 ampere Standard Sockets in all new buildings with immediate effect. Type G plug and socket outlet, widely known as the 13 A or the “square pin” plug and socket was approved as the single standard for plugs and socket outlets in Sri Lanka, at the cabinet meeting held on 16th August 2016. Following the cabinet approval, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), as the regulator for the electricity industry, formally announced the implementation of the single national standard for plugs and socket outlets. Presently, Sri Lankans use numerous types of plugs,...


Your electricity bill in 2020

18 September in news

By August 2016, electricity sales growth recorded was 9.6 per cent (compared with the first eight months of 2015), the highest since 2010. So there is no relief on the demand front, to call for relief, now that Sampur power plant is delayed, suspended or cancelled. If the Sampur project went ahead, with essential additional environmental safeguards and technical/contractual amendments, relief would have come by 2020. Impacts of bad decisions or indecision today on power generation, are felt only after five years, in the form of price increases and power cuts. Impacts of good decisions would take longer, to be implemented...

Kilinochchi Lecture

Lecture on Sri Lanka Energy Sector Status and Future Outlook

29 August in news

Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya delivered a lecture on Sri Lanka energy sector status and future outlook to the students of faculty of engineering, University of Jaffna, at his visit to Jaffna and Kilinochchi on 15th August 2016, according to an invitation received from Dr. A. Atputharajah, dean faculty of engineering....

News_Railway electrification and modernisation

Railway electrification and modernisation

21 January in news

Project ready for implementation • First trains to run by 2021 January 4, 2016, 12:00 pm No, no, it is not another ‘supplier driven’ project, the more decent phrase to identify projects offered by companies from countries with "friendly" governments, offering loans for the project at double the market interest rates, repaid in ten years. Only if Sri Lanka awards the contract to their chosen contractor, on a platter! No competitive bidding. If the count is right, going by the headlines in state-run newspaper over the past 10 years, we must have already built two express train services from Colombo to the airport,...

News_Energy sector in the Budget A Missed opportunity

Energy sector in the Budget: A Missed opportunity

11 December in news

The budget proposes to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), implying a fully-owned subsidiary of CEB to own and operate the Norochcholai power plant, and goes on to say that it will improve CEB’s financial position (para 393). What kind of logic is that? An SPV certainly will separate the accounts of this power plant, will allow anyone to know how much it actually costs to produce a unit of electricity from that power plant, but is that all that is required to ensure business-like operation of the industry? The economic regulatory clauses of the Electricity Act of 2009 are...

IESL Commemorates 105th Birth Anniversary of Late Eng. B.D.Rampala

11 December in news

The  B.D Rampala Memorial Lecture  marking the 105th birth anniversary of Late Engineer Bamunusinghearachchige Don Rampala popularly called B.D.Rampala was held on Friday, 13th  November, 2015 at the Wimalasurendra Auditorium of the IESL. Eng. (Dr). Tilak Siyambalapitiya , Energy Consultant and former President of the Energy Manager’s Association, delivered the lecture on the theme ‘Electrified Railways: soon to be a Reality’....