No petrol shipment until 22 July – PM

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Implying it is unlikely to get a petrol shipment before 22 July, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said discussions have been initiated with India to get a fuel shipment prior to that date.

He said the closest day to get the next petrol shipment is 22 July.

The Premier said this during a meeting with News Editors of Media institutions yesterday (29).

According to Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka only has 11,000 MT of diesel, 5,000 MT of petrol, and 30,000 MT of furnace oil, at present.

Although the country has enough funds to get a diesel shipment, it is difficult to find ships owing to the Russia-Ukraine war, he said.

Meanwhile, the PM’s Chief of Staff Sagala Ratnayake said it is estimated that a diesel shipment will arrive in the second week of July, as an order has been placed.

He said an order has been placed for 33,000 MT of gas and the stock will arrive in June.

By Methmalie Dissanayake