CEB readies for power failures during World Cup matches

By Yasasmin Kaviratne

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has taken special precautions in the event of power failures during the Cricket World Cup period, having senior officers of the CEB on call, its Chairman V. Amarapala said.
“We do not have engineers and senior officers on call normally but we will be assigning officers to be available on call during the World Cup period should any emergency situation arise, to restore power immediately,” he said.

Mr. Amarapala explained that the peak electricity consumption during this period would be around 2,000 megawatts). “Normally the energy consumption in Sri Lanka reaches its peak of 1,800 megawatts from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. at night every day”, he said explaining that during this cricket season, the peak consumption would last for a longer period than in a normal situation.

However, he assured that this energy consumption is within the installed capacity of the CEB. The contingency plan includes connecting the system to the power plant in Puttalam if an emergency arises.
In addition, the Chairman said that they have set up a monitoring system as well. Disputing the claims that there will be energy shortages after the considerable energy consumption during the World Cup period, Mr. Amarapala reassured no power shortage will take place when the cricket tournament was over.

With the cricket fever rising, around 72 percent of the population will be huddled in front of TV sets to watch the cricket matches. The estimated four million TV sets in Sri Lanka has a viewership of 15 million people, without considering the North and East.

According to the Marketing Division of the Rupavahini Corporation, 95 per cent of the regular viewership of 15 million will be switching on their televisions to watch the cricket matches.

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