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Substandard diesel troubles engines

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Another crisis in the energy sector was emerging as a large number of vehicles, including five locomotive engines and SLTB and private buses had been stalled due to pumping alleged substandard diesel, sources said.

However, the Chairman, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) D. Vidanagamachchi told Daily Mirror that they were receiving complaints for the last few days about engine troubles of buses and stalling of gantries at the Colombo Port.

“We checked the samples and found the diesel had been contaminated in the old pumping machines at the filling stations as these machines did not have filtering mechanism. Besides, the stalled new SLTB buses must be pumped with super diesel.

However, the Petroleum Industries Minister Susil Premjayantha has appointed a team to investigate the issue and report within two weeks,” Mr. Vidanagamachchi said. 

SLTB Deputy General Manager (Technical) G.K.Ariyaratne said there was a break-down of 30 buses due to pumping of substandard diesel.
Meanwhile, private bus owners said that more than 25 buses plying in short-distance routes in Matugama and Ratnapura faced similar problems in their injectors.

Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne said the incidents were reported on Sunday. (Sandun A. Jayasekera and Supun Dias)

 
 

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-0+63 # nalaka 2012-07-31 15:49
hear we go again
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-0+48 # Gayanga 2012-07-31 16:00
We are fed up with your investigations and please give us a solution and not only investigations to this never ending issue.
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-4+30 # Notharismama 2012-07-31 16:06
Since of recent I have seen lot of new diesel vehicles with DCi (common rail diesel injection) vehicles being filled up with normal diesel. This may be due to ignorance or price. They should be filled with so called Super Diesel (Ultar low sulphur diesel - ULSD) only. This is due sulphuric acid formation in engine with normal diesel, that corrodes the engine chambers!
Their by destroying engines in short space of time.
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-10+10 # ase 2012-07-31 16:35
sorry, there is no such restriction or guidelines from the manufacturer,lo w sulfer help to keep the air polution low, has nothing to do with the engine, pump extra mile from io s.
the best compremiss.
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-1+7 # Notharismama 2012-07-31 20:39
I am sorry you are completely misguided. For your info IOC Extra mile is worst form of Diesel you could pump! It is loaded with extra Sulphur for more power @ the expense of the engine. Talk to a expert & obtain proper advice before making misgided comments.
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-0+32 # Game Over 2012-07-31 16:14
No worries, all those who had their engines will be paid rs. 50,000.00 off their own tax money.
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-0+33 # Just Another Citizen 2012-07-31 16:16
Don't people have the right to take legal action?
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-0+18 # Ganja 2012-07-31 16:24
yes people have rights to take legal action against the petroleum cooperation. it is their duty to provide quality product for the price paid.
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-0+4 # Gemini 2012-07-31 20:49
This has to be done immediately to teach a good lesson for them. But, what would be the verdict?
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-0+30 # Athi 2012-07-31 16:17
All Diesel Machines will have problems with contaminated fuel. Super Diesel is the answer for today. Tomorrow we will be told to use Aviation Fuel!!
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-0+19 # Jagath Leanage 2012-07-31 16:57
Earlier Petrol. Now Diesel. Next ?
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-0+5 # gasssss 2012-08-01 07:04
gas
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-0+19 # senavi 2012-07-31 17:20
Please welcome few more billionaires
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-0+16 # Calistus Jayatilleke 2012-07-31 18:08
Sub-standard oil and sub-standard schemes of the corporation. Now they have to sell sub-standard products to make up for the huge loss due to payment for the Hedging fiasco.
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-0+18 # Andrew Pitugala 2012-07-31 18:33
First the Hedging deal, then the bad petrol that damaged a whole lot of vehicles and fuel pumps, then the CPC-Fujairah dispute and now the bad Diesel. Billions of Tax-payer's money robbed, some have collected their commissions and kickbacks but NONE HELD RESPONSIBLE.
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-0+14 # Crusader 2012-07-31 18:34
Next would be kerosene. It would happen when after more drought the CEB announces power cuts. Then our kerosene lamps too would burn out due to mixing them with dirt.
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-0+5 # Monkey Joe 2012-07-31 19:22
This so called diesel must be the cheap heating diesel used to heat houses during cold winter months. They are not suitable for motor vehicles & damages the engines. How safe are our Sri Lankan Airlines ...? All what goes up must come down one day..... !
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-0+8 # Sarath Abeysekera 2012-07-31 20:28
Here we go again with another minister's Cock and Bull stories.
Ministers are good to gimmick the citizens of this country and cover up for their crooked dealings and the leaders of this country turn a blind eye whereby encouraging such things to continue and they do this to the very people who vote for them to be leaders. may these politicians and government servants rot in hell.
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-0+3 # Ananda 2012-07-31 20:38
The minister is silly. When many vehicles develop trouble at the same time, could you blame it on sub-standard diesel pumps or not pumping super diesel ? If it is so, the pumps have gone bad as the same time or the bus operators have shifted to super diesel to normal diesel at the same time !
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-0+6 # Anura 2012-07-31 21:31
Even super diesel is of substandard quality. I hv noticed an usual reduction in running milage per ltr during last 5 weeks or so. I hv tested with my old super diesel stocks and can be proved with one on comparison. No doubt CPC is playing hunger(corrupti on) games at out expense
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-0+4 # shantha madawela 2012-07-31 21:48
Who to say? Who will listern? This is my country.......
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-0+4 # jayantha 2012-07-31 22:33
Govenment will increase the fare of the train and bus from the passengers to cover up the damages
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-0+5 # jacoob 2012-08-01 02:58
now the big clown of the banana republic will declare something along the lines of ' no bobody can challenge us' .. saga of endless fun contnues...
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-0+9 # Ronny 2012-08-01 03:58
I only hope that CPC will not supply sub-standard AVIATION FUEL!
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-0+10 # Jayanath 2012-08-01 05:24
Minister knows how to earn black money.People know what he did as Education ninister.Now who is responsible for keeping him as a minister?
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-0+10 # Renuka Amarasingha 2012-08-01 07:14
Substandard Deisel, Substandard petrol, Substadard , minister, substandard Administration.. Grin and bare all this
inconvenience, You voted these jokers in.
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-0+2 # Ravi 2012-08-01 13:36
Sub standard people too ..eh?.....
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-0+7 # Cyclops 2012-08-01 07:51
Profit on the unfair price and profit on the substandard goods. Isn't there a limit to this plunder?
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-1+2 # sumith 2012-08-01 08:07
this is the high time that president come forward and select educated and able people from the public as his ministers and reject the present guys.
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-0+5 # Janaki Kalansuriya 2012-08-01 08:15
Just one question. Are all and sundry allowed to import Petroleum products to the country and distribute, that the government is unable to find how such low quality diesel got into the market?
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-2+2 # Calistus Jayatilleke 2012-08-01 13:15
"sumith's" suggestion is a very good one. But the question is from where are they going to find "educated and able people" who are at the same time "patriotic", sychopants and willing to lick the boots of uneducated and inefficient political masters. In one Islamic country, they faced a similar problem when they needed bearded men to be kept as religious judges but when they found bearded men they were not educated and when they found educated men, they did not have beards!
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-0+2 # Gune 2012-08-01 13:54
government wants to cut down the usage of fuel , this may be a solution they are thinking ???
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-0+0 # Kapila Ekanayake 2012-08-08 09:50
Minister Susil is innocent in this case too..... DO NOT BLAME HIM WITHOUT REASON. Minister do not know what QC parametres need to be checked. Chemist sf CPC should do such checks.
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