CBSL will pay for two coal ships moored in the port

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has agreed to pay the ships carrying coal. which are currently moored at the port.

A senior Ceylon Electricity Board official said the Central Bank had advised it would provide the necessary dollars for the ships.

The official further said that as soon as the money is received, the coal shipments on the ships will be unloaded.

He said the coal from the two ships could be used to generate electricity through the Norochcholai power station until next October.

However, in the face of the current crisis, the official said there is a risk that the current daily power cuts will continue if ships’ coal is not made available.

Electricity unions have revealed that two ships carrying 120,000 tonnes of coal have been anchored in Sri Lankan waters for a few days.

Anil Ranjith Induwara, chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Association, said if the country lost coal stocks held in ships, there was a risk that a generator at the Norochcholai coal-fired power station would shut down for about a month and a half. .

He said there is also a risk that the two ships could be hijacked if the stockpile of coal is not released by tomorrow.

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