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Artificial rain: Climatologist urges Govt. to conduct a trial first

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A senior climatologist in the committee that studied a proposal to produce artificial rain for hydropower generation has urged the Government to conduct a thorough cost-benefit analysis and environmental impact study before taking the project beyond its trial stage.

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) this week signed an agreement to facilitate the rainmaking initiative with technical expertise from the Thai Government. The project is expected to benefit Sri Lanka in periods of drought to avoid buying expensive power from independent power producers, Power and Energy Minister Ravi Karunanayake was quoted as saying.

But Ranjith Punyawardena, Principal Climatologist of the Department of Agriculture, expressed caution, saying the Government must not go beyond a pilot project before analysing whether the high cost initiative would have the required result of producing sufficient rainfall for hydropower generation. Continue reading Artificial rain: Climatologist urges Govt. to conduct a trial first


COP21: Sri Lanka’s $675 million plan to harness floods

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By Amantha Perera 

Photo: Amantha Perera/IRIN
Ranbanda Wijesinghe stands in his field in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka, during floods in 2011

POLONNARUWA, Sri Lanka, 7 December 2015 (IRIN) – As delegates in Paris search for new ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, an innovative scheme that does exactly that is in the works in Sri Lanka. Struck by a worsening cycle of floods and droughts, the Indian Ocean nation has begun planning for a $675 million project to capture heavy rainfall that can be used for irrigation in dry periods, as well as generating electricity.
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Wrong ‘generation mix’ led to islandwide power outage

By Namini Wijedasa
CEB engineers shed light on blackout

Monday’s island-wide blackout was caused by high voltage in the power system that led to a “cascade collapse”, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) engineers said. It is the first time in five years that such an outage occurred.

Status of Electrification – Sri Lanka 2014

“There were nine island-wide power system failures from 2006 to 2010 but there were none since 2010 till the last incident,” said Athula Wanniarachchi, President of the CEB Engineers’ Union (CEBEU).

“This is due to the successful implementation of automatic system restoration methods adopted by the CEB in 2010.”

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