The Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery will restart operations on 15 August, according to Minister of Power and Energy, Kanchana Wijesekera.
Despite crude oil suppliers hesitating to supply oil with the international rating agencies downgrading the country due to the ongoing crisis, about 30 per cent of the fuel needs can be met using the Sapugaskanda Refinery, he added.
He added that the procurement process is underway and around 10 suppliers have responded to tender calls and eight of them are yet to confirm.
The Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery has been nonoperational due to lack of energy supply (kerosene), but it will resume operations once a crude oil shipment arrives in the near future. Kerosene supply to the industry will be restarting from 19 August when Sapugaskanda starts operations, he told Parliament yesterday (10).
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan