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Railway electrification and modernisation

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....

At last, Sri Lanka moves to a single standard plug socket

Electricity is now an essential commodity. The electrification level in Sri Lanka is about 95% and will increase with ongoing development in the North and East. Electricity has made our lives more comfortable. On the other hand, there are a considerable number of accidents every year. Negligence, unsafe electrical wiring and equipment are the main...

Energy sector in the Budget: A Missed opportunity

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,...

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:...

We wish all the best to our former project engineers

Mr. Supun De Silva and Mr. Isuru Dasanayake who were Project Engineers at Resource Management Associates (Pvt) Ltd, have left the company in order to start their master’s degree program after serving the company nearly about one and half year. They have performed well during this period by involving in several energy consultation studies. Mr....

Not a single power plant under construction: Power shortages on the way

Like many other facts in life and politics, the electricity industry too has turned a full circle. After 20 years of indecision, two major power plants were completed: Norochcholai coal-fired power plant was completed in 2014 and the Upper Kotmale power plant in 2013. The much awaited Sampur power plant, originally scheduled to produce electricity...

Energy crisis: An utter sham

Ceylon FT had the privilege of talking to former power generation planner and Energy Consultant Dr Tilak Siyambalapitiya on the current fuel price increase and the way it was executed. Tilak Siyambalapitiya graduated from University of Moratuwa in 1982 with first class honours in Electrical Engineering. He worked in the Ministry of Power and Energy...

Power Cuts again: Planners’ worry now is about 2016

It was a bright sunny day in early 1993. Two engineers of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) had a brief: accompany a visiting delegation from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), and show them four optional sites, three in Puttalam District and one in Gampaha District, to locate a coal-fired power plant. JBIC had...