Jet fuel to be imported as alternative to kerosene: Energy Ministry

Jet fuel to be imported as alternative to kerosene: Energy Ministry

Jet fuel to be imported as alternative to kerosene: Energy Ministry

Written by Amani Nilar

02 Jan, 2022 | 2:37 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Government is planning to import jet fuel as an alternative to kerosene, says the Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, K.R. Olga.

Speaking to News 1st, the Secretary to the Ministry stated that the country’s current kerosene demand is being met via the Sapugaskanda refinery, however, if proven that it is unable to supply the necessary amount, jet fuel will be imported to the country as there is no large difference between the jet fuel and kerosene.

Adding that Sri Lanka has imported jet fuel for the past several months, the Secretary to the Ministry said that although the jet fuel is colorless in nature, it can be processed and dyed pink to meet the kerosene demand of the country.

Speaking further, the Secretary to the Ministry stated that a jet fuel shipment is due to arrive on 20th January, adding that although kerosene is sold at a concessionary rate, jet fuel is much more expensive to import, and will have to processed and sold as kerosene at a loss.

Moreover, she stated that while kerosene is priced at Rs. 87 per one liter, jet fuel is priced at 1.25 US$ per gallon.

Due to the fact that they contain the same classes of hydrocarbons, kerosene, jet fuel and diesel are similar products. However, kerosene is more highly refined than diesel or jet fuel, and has been processed at a higher temperature to remove more of the volatile compounds.

The Ministry announced on 30th December 2021 that the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery will be closed from Monday (03) due to difficulties in purchasing crude oil due to the lack of foreign reserves.

However, the Ministry says that the refinery will recommence operations before 30th January, as the supplies from the long-time Singapore contractor will begin on 26th January.

The Ministry also assured that there will be NO fuel shortage in the country, while adding that the fuel reserves in the country contain enough kerosene for about a month.

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