Experts from China are to inspect the Norochcholai power plant in Puttalam which has had operational difficulties over many years.
“Out of the three electricity generation units operated at the power plant, the third unit which would generate 3,000 MW had failed,” Sulakshana Jayawardena of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy was quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying.
“While the generation unit is being repaired, inspectors from China will examine further as to see that it is properly repaired and appropriate to use for power generation,” he added.
"It is a challenge to generate electricity however the available generation is adequate to function without power cuts."
The plant which was opened by China's president, Xi Jingping, has been beset with problems. In 2014 Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China to help repair the $1.35 billion plant after jellyfish reportedly clogged up filters, with officials struggling to fix it before the Chinese President's visit.