Nov 04, 2017

CEB purchases old power plant without tender Featured

The Ceylon Electricity Board has purchased a 15-year-old power plant which belonged to Colombo Power (Pvt) Ltd, at the price stipulated by that company, allege the unions.

According to the Sri Lanka Electricity Act paragraph 43, purchasing of power plants over 25 MW cannot be made without calling for tenders.

However, this power plant of 60 MW has been purchased without any tender procedure being followed.

The Unions state that the CEB had spent Rs. 694 million for the purchase of this power plant.

However, it is also alleged that the recommendations by the Engineers Committee who conducted a feasibility study prior to the purchase to obtain an independent evaluation report, had also been ignored by the officials who purchased this power plant.

That committee had recommended that around $ 600,000 would have to be spent to repair this power plant.

 However, the unions are dismayed that the CEB officials had disregarded all these recommendations and purchased this power plant together with its workers.