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Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said today even though the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) would have to pay demurrages for the ships anchored due to the breakdown of the buoy carrying crude oil to the Sapugaskanda oil refinery, the Ministry would not burden the people by increasing fuel prices due to this.

“We will have to incur a loss because of the breakdown of the buoy. But we will never land the burden on the people. This is a risky industry and we may have to bear these losses when running this industry. We have never burden people due to losses such as this, despite in fluctuations in the oil prices in the world market”, Minister Yapa said.

He further said that the damaged tube line was temporally replaced with an old tube, and assured that the Sapugaskanda oil refinery which had been closed down over a month, would resume operations by tomorrow.

“We have replaced the broken tube line with an old one, which had been abandoned for about 12 years. And now we can pump the crude oil from the three ships, which are containing 90,000 metric tons of crude oil each in the Colombo Port, and the pumping is being done and it will be completed within ten days,” he said.

Minister Yapa said that the CPC had ordered a new hose from a reputed tube manufacturing company after it was approved by our technical experts and added that no ship was turned back due to the breakdown of the buoy and assured that sufficient stock of fuel was there to cater to the needs of the country.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • Indika Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:04 AM

    never land the burden on the people So he is paying it from his pocket.. Then say the new pipe was ordered as an urgent procedure out of tenders.. via DM Android App

    kukku batta Tuesday, 15 July 2014 11:31 PM

    he will pay demurrages by his own money. thanks minister

    Nature Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:42 AM

    Dear Hon Minister, the breakage of buoy isn't our problem. It also your guys' don't care maintenance issue. So how can you put that burden to people??

    raj Wednesday, 16 July 2014 06:35 AM

    will he pay out of his own pocket. it will be with public funds via DM Android App

    premalal Wednesday, 16 July 2014 01:21 AM

    You may not increase fuel prices but prices of other essentials to pay for this loss and many others. Then later will come the fuel price hike. "Icing on the cake"

    Crazy Coot Wednesday, 16 July 2014 01:56 AM

    Oh, they will never do that as they will only increase the price without burdening the people.

    De Silva Wednesday, 16 July 2014 01:56 AM

    Can we trust these Ministers.Some time back he said something else.In a few days he will say that we have to expect a price increase although the world market price for crude oil has come down.

    fuel Wednesday, 16 July 2014 07:40 AM

    This is what the minister will say but Suddenly overnight the price will go up without excuses. via DM Android App

    Amarapala Wednesday, 16 July 2014 02:45 AM

    Whether the parents of all the Ministers bearing the cost with out putting on to the public.

    KaluSudha Wednesday, 16 July 2014 03:05 AM

    Burden the ppl?????????????????
    They are already burdened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Grumpy Wednesday, 16 July 2014 03:06 AM

    What the hell.. We don't have to pay for all this... Maintain those properly. Lack of maintenance cause everything here

    Hula Wednesday, 16 July 2014 03:10 AM

    no no he will pay by his own

    Sagarika Wednesday, 16 July 2014 03:22 AM

    We should learn to appreciate a minister who pockets out of his own pocket the losses made by a Corporation under his purview! Good work Mr Minister!


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