Trade union action caused 125Mwh, Rs 320 mn loss: Sri Lanka utility regulator

- economynext.com

ECONOMYNEXT – Island-wide unscheduled power cuts due to trade union action caused an estimated 125 megwatt-hour loss of hydroelectricity and a consequent additional cost 320 million rupees, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said in a report.

A strike by the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) on June 09 caused unscheduled power cuts in many parts of the island. The strike was to oppose proposed amendments to the Sri Lanka Electricity Act, which would end competitive bidding for electricity from the private sector.

The union stated that the main purpose of the amendments would pave the way for the controversial 500MW wind power project by India’s Adani Group.

Amendments to the Act would lead to corruption and high tariffs, the CEBEU had claimed.

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