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Permits to open new fuel stations in the island have been suspended until further notice, the Petroleum Industries Ministry said today.

Minister Susil Premjayantha said the issuing of permits would be put on hold till a market survey is conducted by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) was completed.

“A preliminary study by the CPC has revealed that opening filling stations in a haphazard manner without considering the demand for fuel and the locality has impacted negatively on the CPC and the fuel stations,” the Minister said.

The CPC has 210 fuel stations and 700 dealers under its wings and the suspension was part of a complete overhaul of the system of pumping, refining, distributing and managing of the CPC.

The Minister said the government was having discussions with friendly oil producing countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Oman for direct purchases of oil instead of buying from the open market that required the payment of commissions to brokers.

“The discussions with Oman have been highly successful,” he added.

The suspension of permits for new fuel stations would not apply to the Indian Oil Company. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
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  • Common man Tuesday, 14 December 2010 04:01 AM

    Most of them not sure about their future and try make short term plans

    willows Tuesday, 14 December 2010 06:26 AM

    only his goons will be given permits under the rug???

    meranchi Monday, 13 December 2010 03:20 PM

    Petrol shortages will face in the island very soon....

    C.J Monday, 13 December 2010 03:30 PM

    What a country, why the heck that it took so many decades to figre that out ?

    Sandun Tuesday, 14 December 2010 07:02 AM

    Commissions would open anything.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 13 December 2010 05:09 PM

    Yes, maybe it is time to have an upward revision of the "commissions"

    Fair N Square Monday, 13 December 2010 05:55 PM

    come up with the commissions to the minister and u get to overlook this proposal. Now all the ministers are looking for ways and means of making a fast buck after the re-shuffle.

    Roi Monday, 13 December 2010 07:20 PM

    You must be appreciate that at least they have figured it out now.


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