Following an 11-day hiatus, LITRO Gas Lanka unloaded a consignment carrying 3,500 metric tonnes (MT) of Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gas.
The unloading of the shipment began yesterday (14) at the LITRO Gas terminal in Muthurajawela, after the payment of USD 2.5 million was settled on Monday.
The LP gas tanker was anchored for over six days off the Thaldiyawatta coast in Kerawalapitiya, due to the delayed payment of the balance sum.
Accordingly, the latest shipment is due to be distributed with priority amongst hospitals, hotels and crematoriums, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
Issuing a special video statement yesterday, the Prime Minister assured that stocks of LP Gas sufficient for four months will be secured in 14 days.
Moreover, with regard to Sri Lanka’s ongoing fuel crisis, Wickremesinghe stated that only 50% of the country’s demand can be accommodated, adding that the current stocks of fuel would be sufficient only for seven days.
He revealed, however, that a consignment carrying 40,000MT of diesel is due to arrive tomorrow (16), while several other tankers, including two under the new agreement due to be signed with India, will ensure sufficient stocks of fuel for the next four months.