Sudden blast in a pipe during unloading oil from a vessel.
The Petroleum Corporation says that an investigation will be held today with regard to the crack that had taken place in a pipeline pumping crude oil from the sea near the Colombo harbour to the Orugodawatta fuel warehouse complex.
CPC managing director Susanta de Silva said that the divers assistance would be obtained for probing the crack that had taken place near a basin in the bottom of the sea.
This crack occurred when pumping crude oil day before yesterday afternoon to the Orugodawatta warehouse from a vessel that had brought 90 thousand metric tonnes of crude oil from Oman.
The Managing Directo said that because of this, pumping from the vessel had been temporarily stopped to prevent the crude oil leaking into the sea.
By the time the accident took place about 30 thousand metric tonnes of crude oil had been pumped to the Orugodawatta fuel warehouse complex.
CPC sources said that there were about 60 thousand metric tonnes of crude oil in the vessel to be unloaded.
The sources said further that repairing this pipeline could take several days.
However CPC managing director Susanta de Silva said that there wouldn’t be any fuel scarcity due to this.