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Monday, 30 June 2014 - 13:20
Furnace oil shortage in the country: alleges trade unions.
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The Petroleum trade unions are stating that there is a furnace oil shortage due to the suspension of operations at Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery.

The Secretary of the Jathika Sewaka Sangamaya Ananda Palitha told our news team that due to this reason there is a problem of supplying oil to the power stations.

Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery operations were stopped temporarily 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, the Secretary of the Jathika Sewaka Sangamaya Ananda Palitha further stated that there will not be any fuel shortage in the country.

Meanwhile, Petroleum Common Workers Union stated that the authorities are trying to create a non-existent fuel shortage. 
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