Work recommences at Sapugaskanda; trade unions say oil not yet produced for market

Work recommences at Sapugaskanda; trade unions say oil not yet produced for market

Work recommences at Sapugaskanda; trade unions say oil not yet produced for market

Written by Staff Writer

20 Jul, 2014 | 10:49 am

Work at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery has recommenced; however trade unions charge that they have not yet been able to produce oil for the market.

General Secretary of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Branch of the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya (JSS), Ananda Palitha, said that they are unable to speed up production.

He added that the CPC had expected to be able to reach the expected production levels immediately upon resumption but that was now not the case

When News 1st made inquiries into the matter, and manager at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery, Neil Jayasekera, said that they will be able to produce sufficient fuel to be sent to the market within the coming week.

He said that even though activities at the oil refinery commenced on July 16, it is expected to take about a week before they could get back on track in terms of productivity.

He however added that until they reach their optimum productivity level, they have a sufficient stock of fuel if the need arises.

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