Petrol shortage to be resolved in a few days

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Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera admitted yesterday (17), that the distribution of 92 Octane petrol in the country was limited in the past few days, but hoped to overcome the situation in two or three days.

Addressing the media, he said the Ministry would be able to provide petrol as required but that Octane 92 would be required for essential services in identified areas.

He said even during the restricted time, fuel was distributed to a certain extent. “For the time being, we have enough fuel to distribute across the country and hope to do so. The distribution of petrol is in shambles. We hope to resolve it in the next few days,” he said.

When asked about diesel distribution yesterday, he said that diesel was chiefly used by many industries and that it was distributed fairly across the country. He did, however, say that due to the current fuel crisis, they will only distribute it to essential services.

Minister Wijesekara however stated that the shipment scheduled to arrive today will end the petrol crisis and will be resolved in three days. “We have enough diesel at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) storage for the entire country and hope to continue with this practice and end the long queue,” he said.