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Distribution Code of Sri Lanka

06 May 2014

The Distribution Code of Sri Lanka (hereafter referred to as “Distribution Code”) has been formulated in terms of the provisions of Clause 18 (c) and 3.1 (c) of the Sri Lanka Electricity Act, No 20 of 2009 (SLEA 2009), which require the licensees to develop, implement and maintain technical or operational codes; the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) to approve and regulate the implementation of such codes. It specifies criteria, guidelines, basic rules, procedures, responsibilities, standards and obligations for the operation, maintenance and development of the Distribution System to ensure a safe, reliable and efficient operation of the Distribution System to provide a quality and secure electricity supply as reasonably as practicable. The provisions of the Distribution Code shall also apply to organizations which interface with each Distribution Licensee, including the Transmission Licensee, Users including the customers who are connected to the Distribution System, embedded generators, and other Distribution Licensees interconnected to the system of each Distribution Licensee. Distribution Code has to revised and amended from time to time as and when the situations demand to reflect the changes in the regulatory framework and the development of the distribution system to comply with legislations and good industry practices Each Distribution Licensee is responsible for developing and maintaining the Distribution Code in coordination with other Distribution Licensees, the Transmission Licensee, PUCSL, and the Users of the Distribution System, as applicable. All Distribution Licensees, the Transmission Licensee and the Users have a binding responsibility to comply with the requirements of the Distribution Code.

The Distribution Code of Sri Lanka (hereafter referred to as “Distribution Code”) has been formulated in terms of the provisions of Clause 18 (c) and 3.1 (c) of the Sri Lanka Electricity Act, No 20 of 2009 (SLEA 2009), which require the licensees to develop, implement and maintain technical or operational codes; the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) to approve and regulate the implementation of such codes. It specifies criteria, guidelines, basic rules, procedures, responsibilities, standards and obligations for the operation, maintenance and development of the Distribution System to ensure a safe, reliable and efficient operation of the Distribution System to provide a quality and secure electricity supply as reasonably as practicable. The provisions of the Distribution Code shall also apply to organizations which interface with each Distribution Licensee, including the Transmission Licensee, Users including the customers who are connected to the Distribution System, embedded generators, and other Distribution Licensees interconnected to the system of each Distribution Licensee. Distribution Code has to revised and amended from time to time as and when the situations demand to reflect the changes in the regulatory framework and the development of the distribution system to comply with legislations and good industry practices Each Distribution Licensee is responsible for developing and maintaining the Distribution Code in coordination with other Distribution Licensees, the Transmission Licensee, PUCSL, and the Users of the Distribution System, as applicable. All Distribution Licensees, the Transmission Licensee and the Users have a binding responsibility to comply with the requirements of the Distribution Code.

The primary objectives of the Distribution Code are,

(a) To establish an equitable and coordinated approach to connect, supply and maintain the supply of electricity to consumers of the Distribution Licensees.
(b) To establish an effective and coordinated approach for operation, maintenance and development of the electricity distribution networks.
(c) To ensure equitable management of technical matters in the interest of all parties connected to the Distribution System, including customers, the Transmission Licensee, Distribution Licensees and other Users of the Distribution System.

This Distribution Code has to be read in conjunction with the Grid Code for complete and proper understanding of overall requirements, especially with respect to interconnected or overlapping matters between the Grid Code and the Distribution Code. In the event of any conflict, provisions of the Grid Code shall prevail in general. However, in situations where requirements of the Distribution Code need to be implemented by other parties owing to regulatory or legal requirements, such provisions shall have the priority over any other requirements.


The primary objectives of the Distribution Code are,

(a) To establish an equitable and coordinated approach to connect, supply and maintain the supply of electricity to consumers of the Distribution Licensees.
(b) To establish an effective and coordinated approach for operation, maintenance and development of the electricity distribution networks.
(c) To ensure equitable management of technical matters in the interest of all parties connected to the Distribution System, including customers, the Transmission Licensee, Distribution Licensees and other Users of the Distribution System.

This Distribution Code has to be read in conjunction with the Grid Code for complete and proper understanding of overall requirements, especially with respect to interconnected or overlapping matters between the Grid Code and the Distribution Code. In the event of any conflict, provisions of the Grid Code shall prevail in general. However, in situations where requirements of the Distribution Code need to be implemented by other parties owing to regulatory or legal requirements, such provisions shall have the priority over any other requirements.

 

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