The government has taken steps to handover all operations of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant (NCPP) to China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) for three years, a Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) source told Ceylon Today.
According to the source, the Cabinet paper regarding the handing over of the power plant to the Chinese received Cabinet approval on 27 March. An engineer attached to the power plant, who did not wish to disclose his name said, although the usual process is signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) after receiving the Cabinet approval, in this instance the MOU was signed before Cabinet approval was received. However, Power and Energy Ministry Secretary, M.M.C. Ferdinando, said Cabinet approval was received to sign an MOU to consult CMEC for technical instructions and to get equipment from CMEC to check the power plant’s standards. CMEC will spend money for that. Maintenance was not handed over to them,” he said.
Ferdinando said the second step of the power plant is still in the experimental stage, it will add 300 MW of power upon completion.
“Operations of the second step will start next month and the experimental work on the third stage will begin in July,” he added. However, CEB sources said the Chinese engineers had taken over the work of the power plant and all the other employees have to work under them.