There is sufficient fuel in the country, Petroleum Minister urges public not to panic

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Rantunga assuring that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has adequate fuel stocks to meet the demand, today urged the public to use petrol frugally as usual without having an undue fear.

In a statement Minister Ranatunga said the state fuel supplier, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation is maintaining sufficient stocks for the needs of the consumers.

However, a petroleum ship imported by the Lanka OIC was returned without unloading as the shipment did not meet the standards. Due to this reason, there has been a decline in supply of petrol to the filling stations.

“It was observed that there was anxiety among the public. However, we are now able to meet 80% of the total requirement,” the Minister said. Adding that the supply of diesel and kerosene is carried out as usual.

“Therefore, I urge the public not to have any undue fears and use the fuel as usual,” the Minister said in his media statement.

The Petroleum Ministry meanwhile said the CPC would be issuing 750 metric tons of petrol to filling stations from Saturday.

Petroleum Resources Deputy Minister Anoma Gamage said a ship carrying 40,000 metric tons of petrol is expected to dock at the Colombo Harbor on Monday (6).