Written by Tharushan Fernando
16 Jul, 2016 | 8:46 pm
Twenty three thousand (23,000) metric tonnes of sub standard aviation fuel that was imported to the country has been turned back .
A vessel carrying fuel sourced by a Singaporean company arrived in Colombo. The samples of fuel were subsequently samples were tested.
The diesel that was imported was unloaded in Colombo after the shipment passed the necessary tests. However the consignment of A1 aviation fuel that was brought along with it was turned back after failing the initial examinations.
Chairman of Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya (CPC branch) Ananda Palitha stated that during the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration sub standard aviation fuel was imported through a Chinese company in order to save 25 cents in US dollars. However they had to pay a sum of three dollars and 60 cents per litre of fuel to the ports.
“We will not allow something like this to take place once again”, charged the chairman, who pointed out that what was imported was aviation fuel and if it is proven to be sub standard, it should definitely be turned back, and unloading aviation fuel as kerosene will not be allowed.
A second test was conducted on the aviation fuel on Saturday based on a request extended by the Singaporean company.
Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Chandima Weerakkody said that fuel samples were tested on a number of occasions in order to ensure that it met the required standards. However, since the fuel failed these tests, this shipment wa rejected. And just because this shipment was rejected that does not mean that there will be a shortage
The subject minister assured the public that speedy measures will be taken to ensure that the country has enough fuel to meet the demands of the public.
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