Petrol shortage across country

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Long queues were reported outside filling stations in several areas both in Colombo and the outstations due to an apparent shortfall of stocks in filling stations run by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).

CPC Trade Unions told the Daily Mirror that one shipment of 30,000 metric tonnes of petrol brought down by the Indian Oil Company (IOC) had been rejected due to an issue relating to its standard after some iron dust was found mixed with the petrol stock during its sample testing, probably resulting in the shortage.

“The next petrol stock was scheduled to arrive in the country on November 8. Therefore, there is a possibility of fuel shortage in filling stations until then,” a union official claimed.

The Fuel Dealers’ Association claimed some filling stations had been forced to close their petrol pumps as they had not received petrol stocks from the CPC since Thursday.

“We had placed four orders for petrol in view of the long weekend, but we are yet to receive them,” a spokesman for the association said.

Further he said Kolonnawa refinery had 7,000 metric tonnes of petrol and the Muthurajawela had 4,000 metric tonnes by October 31 and around 3,000 metric tonnes of petrol are used per day.

Meanwhile, it was reported that most of the CPC employees were on leave on Friday (Poya) for the long weekend which might have worsened the situation, he added.

However, the CPC had not made any statement over the prevailing petrol shortage. (Chaturanga Pradeep and Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Ram Saturday, 04 November 2017 02:21 AM

    Doesn't CPC hold any buffer stock for at least 30 days? Daily consumption is 3000MT and the stock available is only 11000MT. The Chairman of CPC and the Minister must resign

    Neo Sunday, 05 November 2017 07:20 AM

    Government that gave away all our assets should step down

    ED Saturday, 04 November 2017 02:48 AM

    ISN'T THAT WE FOUND ONE OF THE SHIPS WHICH CAME TO SRI LANKA THE FUEL WAS REJECTED? IF SO WHY ARE THE MEDIA INVESTIGATING SUCH MATTERS ON ESSENTIAL SERVICES??IF IT WAS GOSSIP THE WHOLE MEDIA IS THERE IN DOUBLE QUICK TIME AND WILL QUESTION EACH TOM DICK AND HARRY !!!! THESE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE INVESTIGATED IMMEDIATELY .....AND SOLVED.

    ANTON Saturday, 04 November 2017 06:52 AM

    IDEAL TIME TO INTRODUCE KASIPPU AS A FUEL......WE CAN CHALLENGE MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES.

    Adwani Saturday, 04 November 2017 08:58 PM

    You really commented after taking a cup of kassipoo, bloody fool do you know the components of kassippu which you consume????

    R. Norton Saturday, 04 November 2017 08:25 AM

    This is another costly example of the crass inefficiency of ministers appointed to handle ministries directly affecting the livelihood of the people of this country. Where is the accountability? Any minister can commit the country to millions of rupees and sit with his arms folded when it goes down the drain due to his stupidity.

    Arnold Saturday, 04 November 2017 02:57 PM

    Petroleum imports should be liberalized.

    Kadiya Saturday, 04 November 2017 04:33 PM

    So it boils down to one thing- a big lie!!!!!!

    jehan Saturday, 04 November 2017 06:22 PM

    when rent seekers run the country, the productive people suffer. next zimbabwe

    observer Saturday, 04 November 2017 06:27 PM

    Being such a small country we are using 3000 metric tons of petrol per day and it is going to be more per day due to imports.

    fareed Saturday, 04 November 2017 06:51 PM

    Whatever the reason government must have a stock that could last at least 6 months. So that in an emergency situation like this country doesn't need to worry. I think we need efficient ministers. Mr. Rathunga is not an efficient minister and he has his ego and own principles as we witnessed that port deal took so many months to come to an end because of his ideological stance. Government must prove that it is efficient and concern. Now people are at the receiving end.

    kim Saturday, 04 November 2017 08:45 PM

    why the CPC do not used the trinco oil tanks to keep the buffer stock for 30 days


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