Sapugaskanda refinery shut down over crude oil shortage

It has been decided to suspend operations of the Sapugaskanda oil refinery from today (15) due to the shortage of crude oil, internal sources say.

It is said that this is the first time the Sapugaskanda oil refinery has been closed down because of the above reason.

Responding to queries, Minister of Energy – Udaya Gammanpila and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation chairman – Sumith Wijesinghe stated that they will hold a special media briefing tomorrow (13) afternoon to issue an official statement.

President of the Petroleum General Employees Union Dr. Ashoka Ranwala said the reason for the closure of the refinery was the lack of crude oil and the ship carrying the crude oil is scheduled to arrive in the third week of December. Until then the refinery has to be closed, the official said.

It is learned that the 90,000 metric tons of crude oil from the crude oil tanker, which will arrive in December, will be sufficient for only 15 days and another shipment is expected again in mid-January.

However, when inquired, Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila has stated that there will be no oil shortage. He has said that there are sufficient stocks of oil in the country and if there is a shortage of oil he will say so beforehand.

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