Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said today he would allow neither a fuel shortage in the country nor a price hike in any time.
Petroleum authorities were compelled to halt the operation of the Sapugaskanda Refinery after a hose that pumps crude oil from Colombo harbor burst one and half month ago.
However Minister Priyadarshana Yapa accompanied by a media group visited the affected Calm Buoy in the sea nine kilometers off the Colombo harbor and inspected the leaked hose that carried crude oil to Sapugaskanda Refinery.
The Minister said it would be possible to re-start operations of the Sapugaskanda Refinery as the leaked hose has now been fully repaired.
Speaking to our news team Minister Yapa said the Corporation has sufficient fuel stocks to meet the demand.
Meanwhile the minister said it is possible to repair the other leaked hose which carry fuel to the Muturajawela oil terminal within the next few days.
However Petroleum Trade Unions point out five oil tankers were anchored out of the Colombo harbor due to the burst on the pipeline.
Secretary of the Petroleum Corporation Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya Ananda Palitha told our news team the Corporation has to pay a demurrage of 250 million rupees to the shipping companies.
However Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said a small demurrage has to be paid to shipping companies.