Sapugaskanda refinery has been closed down indefinitely since yesterday (8th) as stocks of crude oil stored in it have dwindled due to the non-arrival of tankers carrying crude oil.
A tanker that was scheduled to arrive in Colombo Port on the 10th would be delayed and another has been delayed due to mechanical problems states Ceylon Petroleum Corporation sources. As a result 180,000 metric tons of crude oil due to the Corporation has not arrived at the refinery states CPC.
However, CPC employees express their doubts regarding timely placement of orders for required stocks of crude oil. They also point out that the refinery would not be ready for another three months if the administration decides to carry out renovations and it would take at least five months to begin the refining process.
The employees say the existing stocks would be sufficient for three months only and a shortage of fuel could be expected.