Resuming Sapugaskanda operations delayed

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Even though the Sapugaskanda oil refinery was expected to resume operations yesterday (30), a minor technical fault was reported, impeding some of the refinery’s processes.

Power and Energy Minister, Kanchana Wijesekera said, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) technical team was working to resolve the issue and restart refinery operations.

He said, the unexpected technical failure occurred because the refinery plant had been shut down for three months, adding that fuel refinery operations at the refinery were suspended since 21 March.

Secretary to the Ministry, U.K. Mapa Pathirana said engineers were working to resolve the issues and hoped it would be resolved soon.

The refinery was expected to re-start operations using Siberian crude oil. Minister Wijesekara said they were able to unload crude oil for the Sapugaskanda refinery which had been closed since 20 March.

BY Thameenah Razeek