Obtain jet fuel from private sector

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Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva said aviation authorities would have to turn to the private sector for the provision of fuel if the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) could not meet the demand. 

During discussions held yesterday (16) with local representatives of airlines, aviation services institutions, officials of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), Minister de Silva said private sector assistance could be sought to import aviation fuel if the CPC faced difficulties in prioritising the requirement, a senior spokesman for the Ministry said.  

It was revealed that the number of aircraft arriving and departing from Sri Lanka has declined significantly due to difficulty in obtaining aviation fuel. The spokesman said Minister de Silva had pointed out the importance of supplying aviation fuel without any hindrance to all aircraft arriving and departing from the island. Several private sector establishments representing the aviation services locally, said importation and distribution of aviation fuel could be made possible with the concurrence and facilitation from the Ministry of Power and Energy and the CPC.

CPC officials said two crude oil vessels were expected in Colombo soon and accordingly, about 600 metric tons of aviation fuel could be provided daily through the Sapugaskanda Refinery to continue supply from Saturday (20). The Minister instructed CPC officials to prepare a systematic process on the airlines’ daily requirement for aviation fuel and the steps to be taken to supply the requirement based on a proper study.

Airline representatives at the meeting pointed out that the continued supply of aviation fuel was crucial for the sustainability of the industry. Considering the increased number of flights to arrive at the BIA during the next few months with the beginning of the tourist season, the Minister instructed CPC officials to implement necessary measures in facilitating and expanding storage capacities in and outside the airport for aviation fuel.

(DJ)