Petroleum trade unions stress on need for system to impose fines (Watch Report)

Petroleum trade unions stress on need for system to impose fines (Watch Report)

Written by Staff Writer

17 Feb, 2015 | 9:17 pm

Petroleum industry trade unions have highlighted the need for a system to impose fines on companies that supply sub-standard fuel.

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation recently took steps to turn back a ship which had brought 30,000 tonnes of substandard diesel.

Meanwhile, the new Minister of State for Power and Energy, Palitha Range Bandara, has vowed to take strict measures against corrupt transactions.

A ship carrying 30,000 metric tonnes of diesel and 10,000 metric tonnes of petrol, made port on February 13.

According to the CPC, the fuel had been supplied by the Singapore-based UNIPEC corporation.

The CPC accepted the cargo of petrol as it was of an acceptable standard but rejected the 30,000 tonnes of diesel.

When News1st made inquiries, the Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy, Suren Batagoda, said the company in question had agreed to provide a replacement stock of fuel.

He added that the stock of diesel had been rejected owing to differences in the colour of the fuel.

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