People in Sri Lanka have a very short memory and probably don’t remember the amazing claims made by the Govt. of being able to export electricity over the pond to India, and due to surplus capacity, private power stations will have to close down and export the used equipment to whomever may need them.
For details of the latest crisis, read the link and realize the continual elementary cockups that are still occurring. http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2014/01/19/norochcholai-debacle-continues/
It is not often that I write on the same subject, unless it is a series of articles on topics like education, but my most recent blog entry on the above just a couple of days, is NOT enough to stress the importance of some clear guidelines on how we expect to get over this crisis, something that has been predicted for a while.
Whilst I do not believe there has been sabotage, I believe that the wise counsel of Electrical Engineers without a vested interest in the project has not been sought. They are a particularly proud profession, who have taken advantage of their position for their benefit, however they have also been very critical of the whole project at Norochcholai, as one that was undertaken more for political expediency rather than the best option available in the circumstances.
Little wonder then, that we got a white elephant from a Chinese Cowboy Company that never had any compunction in honoring their part, whilst the approval process by the local engineers was bought by gifts and rewards catering to their personal and NOT public requirements. In the latter respect the Engineers MUST shoulder some of the blame for not highlighting the potential issues in advance to their superiors to take the matter up at Govt. level.
The cost to the economy is immeasurable the goons who benefited financially from the shady deal go unpunished. The commissions are paid up front, irrespective of whether the product is delivered or not in time and within budget.
I am sure if the commissions are paid 5 years into the project, once operational and shown to be reliable, the effort will be made to deliver a sound product, instead of a shoddy one. Now wouldn’t that be in the nation’s interest and not the persons!