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Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), which had allegedly supplied Sri Lanka with a stock of sub-standard diesel, had been blacklisted with immediate effect and would not be permitted to participate in future tenders, Minister of Petroleum Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said.

The Minister also refuted media reports which said that the company was previously blacklisted.

The Minister said that the CPC would insist on the Emirati Company paying the additional costs, if incurred when re-purchasing fuel from another supplier.
“We can’t claim compensation because it is beyond the clauses of the contract. However, we will insist on them paying the extra charges if there is a price difference when we call for the next tender,” he said.

“If the lowest price quoted from any other applicant is higher than the price that we initially contracted to purchase from the company in question, we will demand that difference be paid,” he said.

A stock of 40,000 tonnes of diesel was rejected on June 22 after initial inspections at the Colombo port by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and independent inspectors found it below the required specifications.

When asked as to why the CPC accepted the tender that was initially submitted by the company despite the company being found guilty on a previous occasion of supplying ‘off- spec’ fuel, the Minister said the company had paid compensation.

“I was not the Minister at the time, but on the previous occasion when they had faulted they paid the Corporation compensation on their own accord and therefore were not blacklisted and were eligible to re-apply for tenders. During the call for this tender they had submitted the lowest price and the shortest lead time and the Tender Board together with the Procurement Committee decided to award the tender to them,” he said.

Speaking further the Minister said that the detection proved that the quality control systems within the CPC are working well.

“This detection showed us that the systems were in perfect order. Earlier there were times that the quality of fuel was known to be low only after they were unloaded or after they were released to the market. This time we detected prior to the stock even being unloaded,” he said.

The Minister said that the Corporation ensures a minimum stock level was maintained therefore there would be no shortage in diesel for consumers.
“We assure the quality of the fuel that is being released to the market. Therefore the consumer is guaranteed of quality fuel in the market,” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)

  Comments - 16

  • C.cernerned Wednesday, 26 June 2013 06:51 PM

    How strange? ENOC 3million barrels of oil a day, no problem? but we get this, very suspect. Perhaps the bribes were not enough? Dear UAE not supply the wonder of Asia, you dont need to, you probally gave it free anyway!

    Dilip Wednesday, 26 June 2013 07:31 PM

    No wonder most of the vehicles gas tank got blown up and other mechanical problems. Now tell me who is going to compensate the vehicle owners?

    Ratavasiya Wednesday, 26 June 2013 07:58 PM

    Public money is robbed at day light. What a country we are living in?

    M.O.A. Careem Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:10 PM

    tender - per-qualification - evaluation -who was responsible in the past?

    MagodisThuma Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:24 PM

    Who selected this sub-standard diesel exporter ?

    MagodisThuma Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:26 PM

    People should take a decision about our " Black Listed Ministers " during next election !

    Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:27 PM

    Black listed? ha.... ha.... ha................ , he,,,, he,,,,, he................. , hu... hu........ hu...................... . Unstoppable laugh.

    ANTON Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:50 AM


    Raja pachcha Thursday, 27 June 2013 02:03 AM

    Believe me herein after you wont get substandard fuel!
    Minister taught a good lesson by Blacklist them! Why are you laughing? ah!

    SureshP Thursday, 27 June 2013 02:03 AM

    How many loads of sub-standard fuel does it take to get blacklisted in Sri Lanka? or should I say, by each Minister?

    mercy Thursday, 27 June 2013 05:28 AM

    Impose strict Ban on all future ENOC tender Applications and bring this up at bi lateral talks talk tough now that they had flouted the second time. This is a serious matter

    Roshan Fernando Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:42 AM

    This is racist! Emirates is an Arab owned company that does not supply sub-standard fuel like our Indian neighbors. Why are they trying to target innocent peaceloving Arabs? Is there some Indian influence which has caused this company to be blacklisted. All Sri Lankans must protest this decision as it looks like Indian interference in our internal affairs.

    Kodituwakkuarachchi Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:04 AM

    OMG ENOC is a gonner!!

    Merv Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:05 AM

    Oh crap, the guy sent the wrong Swiss bank account to credit the kickback.

    dinesh Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:33 AM

    Biggest joke :))))
    ENOC (the Emirates National Oil Company) is the Dubai Government owned diversified energy group.I assume our government tries to fool us !!!

    Perumal Saturday, 29 June 2013 02:31 AM

    In the past, we dealt with private companies with care because there were rogues. Now the rogues are in government, here as well as abroad, and we have to be careful! A friend of mine told me the gas cylinder he bought was found to be underweight. At most of the places where gas is sold, there are no weighing scales. And I am talking about government!!

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