Electricity (Supply) (Amendment) Act, 1941

Electric generating stations using peat.

3.—(1) For the purpose of removing doubts it is hereby declared that the powers and functions given to the Board by sub-section (3) of section 20 of the Principal Act include the construction, maintenance, and operation of electric generating stations designed for using peat as fuel either alone or together with other kinds of fuel and every reference to the powers and functions of the Board contained in the Electricity (Supply) Acts, 1927 to 1935, shall be construed and have effect accordingly.

(2) The Board may, for the purposes of the operation of any generating station such as is mentioned in the immediately preceding sub-section of this section, take and use a supply of water from any river, but all water so taken and used, save so much thereof as may be consumed by evaporation or otherwise in the course of such taking and use, shall be returned by the Board to such river.

(3) The Board shall pay compensation to every person who suffers loss through the taking and use by the Board under this section of any supply of water and every application for such compensation shall, in default of agreement, be determined by arbitration under the Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation) Act, 1919 , as amended by the Acquisition of Land (Reference Committee) Act, 1925 (No. 22 of 1925), in like manner as an application for compensation in respect of the compulsory purchase of land.

(4) Sections 69 to 74 and 76 to 80 of the Lands Clauses Consolidation Act, 1845 , shall apply to any compensation payable by the Board under this section, and for the purposes of such application the Board shall be deemed to be the promoters of the undertaking.

(5) No action shall lie at law or in equity against the Board or any contractor, or any officer or servant of the Board or of any contractor, for or on account of any act, matter, or thing occasioning a loss in respect of which compensation is payable under this section.