The Chief Engineer, who was in charge of the transformer at the Biyagama Sub-Station, has reportedly informed the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) several times that it needed to be repaired, but no steps had been taken to heed his advice. It is also learnt that the government has......decided to hold an inquiry into why the General Manager of the CEB had not taken any action regarding the transformer, though he was informed about the need to do so.
The explosion of the Biyagama transformer caused countrywide power outages for several days. According to a CEB decision to impose power cuts over the past few days,staggered power cuts were imposed countrywide for an aggregate 7 ½ hours a day over three days.
The CEB said yesterday the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant was set to resume uninterrupted supplies countrywide yesterday. Development Director of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy Sulakshana Jayawardena told Ceylon Today that if no technical fault occurs in the future it will be possible to supply electricity without any more interruptions.