Engineers warn Sri Lanka might face power cuts for next 3 years

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COLOMBO, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's state-owned electricity producer Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Engineers' Union warned on Wednesday that the country might continue to experience power cuts for at least three more years.

CEB Engineers' Union President Anil Ranjith told the media that power plants do not produce enough to match the country's demand for electricity.

"Until we increase our supply, through thermal, wind, LNG, coal or solar, and store our energy, the power cuts will continue," he said.

Ranjith said Sri Lanka has been experiencing daily scheduled power cuts since Feb. 22 due to fuel shortage, suggesting that the government must accelerate its rooftop solar panel project as an emergency initiative to ease the situation.

Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera has said that the country must shift to renewables as Sri Lanka no longer has money to import diesel for power plants. Enditem

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