Trade Unions attached to the Ceylon Petroleum Cooperation's Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery warn that refining activity at the facility may come to a standstill tomorrow.
Chief Secretary of the CPC's Jathika Sewaka Sangamaya Ananda Palitha expressing his views to our news team noted that stocks of crude imported from Iran had depleted at present thereby leaving no raw material to be processed.
30% of the countries fuel requirement is processed at the Sapugaskanda oil refinery.
Activities at the facility intermittently came to halt during the past few months owing to drops in crude supplies which is being imported from Iran.
However when inquired by our news team, Media Spokesperson of the CPC, Ajith Dharmapriya conceded that stocks of Iranian crude supplies were
running thin at the facility.
According to the Spokesperson of the CPC the facility may come to a halt within the course of a week.
However he also noted that a shipment of Iranian crude may end up reaching the island within the next two weeks.
Against this backdrop, Media Spokesperson of the Kolonnawa Oil Storage Terminal Nishshanka Jayawardhana categorically denied any shortage in fuel supplies within the country.
Moreover last Friday Manager of the Sapugaskanda Oil refinery Neil Jayaseka expressed these views to our news team, where he commented on the shortage of crude supplies at the Sapugaskanda oil refinery.
According to his account crude supplies at the facility were only sufficient for a week.