Another agreement signed with New Fortress Energy?

The Joint Alliance of Petroleum, Port & Electricity Against Sale of National Assets have warned that workers of the Ceylon Electricity Board will be taking action against another pact to be signed today (12) with the US company – New Fortress Energy.

In a media release, the Alliance notes that the CEO of New Fortress Energy is to arrive in Sri Lanka today (12) to sign another agreement with regard to the Energy sector.

Noting that even cabinet ministers are unaware about this new pact, the alliance calls on authorities to reveal this immediately and said that they will be taking action against this move in front of the CEB HQ from 9.30am onwards.

The media release issued in this regard is shown below.

No Cabinet approval – Gammanpila

Meanwhile, speaking during a the 360 political discussion programme on TV Derana last night, Minister of Energy – Udaya Gammanpila has said that the LNG agreement with New Fortress Energy was harmful to the country. 

He said that the agreement is yet to be tabled before the Cabinet.

“We are yet to see the agreement signed on the night of Sep. 17. According to the pact, the New Fortress Energy gets the monopoly of supplying LNG. You know that unlike China, the US meddles in the internal matters of our country.  This will give them leverage even to say that the entire country will be kept in darkness unless a federal system is introduced. Also, the US has the ability to use this gas monopoly as the magic key to make this country dance to its tune. There is a risk in that. Despite who signed it, it is wrong.” 

When asked whether the pact could be reversed the minister said, “There are some things that are done after being said. There are also things that are said only after doing them. This falls into the second category.”

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