Sapugaskanda refinery stops operations


The Petroleum Corporation stated that 10 percent of the country’s fuel requirements have to be imported due to the stoppage of the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery operations.

Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery operations were stopped temporarily yesterday (25) due to the delay of repairing an off-shore hose which pumps crude oil from Colombo harbor to Sapugaskanda Refinery.

A pumping hose laid 100 meters under sea level burst a few months ago.

Petroleum Corporation Managing Director Susantha de Silva told our news team the hose which repaired on Tuesday had experienced another burst.

However Petroleum Public Workers Association President Ashoka Ranwala said that a fuel shortage could be expected due to the malfunction of Oil Refinery.

Two third of country’s oil need is imported while the balance is met locally by refining imported crude oil.

However Petroleum Corporation Managing Director Susantha de Silva said that additional 10 percent refined oil has to be imported after the refinery operation is stopped.

He said therefore there would not be a fuel shortage in the country.

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