Barge Mounted Power Plant Shut Down During Peak Hours

Shakila Ifham

January 31, 2022


Operations at the 60MW Barge Mounted Power Plant located inside the Colombo Port premises, was forced to shut down during the peak hours today  due to lack of fuel, a senior Ceylon Electricity Board official said.

CEB Additional  General Manager Andrew Nawamani confirmed that they running out of Heavy Fuel Oil (HF0) at the  thermal power station with total installed capacity of 60MW.

Barge Mounted Power Plant consists of four units. Out of Diesel power plants in CEB, this is the only plant with two stroke diesel engines. Each engine is coupled with a 19.6 MVA salient pole synchronous generator manufactured by Meidensha Corporation, Japan.

Barge Mounted Power Plant was acquired by CEB on 21st September, 2015 and was started its operation under CEB management on 01st December, 2015 after operating as an IPP for a period of around 15 years.

Heavy Fuel Oil of 1500 Sec. (1000F) viscosity purchased from Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, delivered through a pipeline from Kolonnawa Installation is used as the fuel.

Exhaust gas of two engines is used to produce steam which is utilized to increase the temperature of HFO so that correct fuel viscosity is maintained. The cleaning/separation of fuel and lubricating oil is done by centrifugal separators.