Electricity load shedding has increased in Sri Lanka in recent days after the government was accused of importing substandard crude oil.
According to the British broadcaster BBC, Janaka Ratnayake, head of the Sri Lankan utilities regulator, attributed the shutdown of power plants to the importation of poor-quality crude oil, which has resulted in increased electricity load-shedding.
They say that furnace oil burnt in power plants has high sulfur content which is not suitable for existing power plants and it will also cause severe damage to the environment. If you buy good quality crude oil for refineries. , so that won’t be a problem
The head of the utility regulator added that about 10 percent of the country’s electricity is generated by diesel and fuel-fired power plants. The rest of the electricity is generated from hydro and coal-fired plants.
However, on the other hand, Sri Lanka’s Energy Minister has denied these allegations.
He said that electricity load-shedding has increased due to a breakdown in a hydropower station, and inadequate funds for diesel and fuel.
It should be noted that since last week due to the reduction in power generation capacity in Sri Lanka, daily load shedding of electricity has increased from 80 minutes to 140 minutes.
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