July 17, Colombo: Operations at Sri Lanka's Sapugaskanda refinery have resumed yesterday after being closed for over a month due to damaged pipelines which supply crude oil to the refinery.
The plant Wednesday received crude oil unloaded through the repaired pipelines and resumed operations Petroleum Industries Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said.
Addressing a press conference held in Colombo, the Minister said the broken tube line was replaced with an old one, which had been abandoned for about 12 year enabling the pumping of the crude oil from the tanker ships at the port.
He said the repaired pipeline can pump the crude oil from the three ships. Each ship is carrying 90,000 metric tons of oil and the pumping will be completed within ten days, the Minister said.
Minister Yapa said that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) had ordered a new hose from a reputed tube manufacturing company after it was approved by government technical experts.
He said no ship was turned back due to the breakdown of the buoy and the connected pipeline and assured that sufficient stock of fuel was there to cater to the needs of the country.
Media reports in Sri Lanka said that the CPC will have to pay US$ 30,000 per day for each ship as demurrage after the first week from ship's arrival, for anchoring without unloading crude oil.