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* Minister considers allowing private sector to import fuel for aircraft
Tue, Aug 16, 2022, 11:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 16, Colombo: The Minister of Ports, Navigation and Aviation Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva has pointed out the need for a program to provide aircraft fuel without any hindrance to the planes servicing Sri Lanka.

The Minister has advised the officials that if the Petroleum Corporation is unable to supply the necessary fuel for the planes arriving and departing the country, the import of the fuel should be given to a private sector party.

It was recently revealed that the number of aircraft arriving in Sri Lanka has decreased significantly due to the difficulty in obtaining aircraft fuel at the airport.

A special discussion was held this morning under the chairmanship of the minister with the relevant institutions about the measures to be taken to immediately change this situation and stabilize the aviation sector

Representatives of all airlines in Sri Lanka, Civil Aviation Authority officials and Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) officials also participated in the discussion.

The airlines that have joined this discussion have indicated that more flights will take place through Katunayake Airport especially in the coming months when the tourist season starts. They have also pointed out that continuous fueling of aircraft is essential.

Paying more attention to the matters presented, the Minister emphasized that if the CPC is unable to meet this requirement, private sector parties should be allowed to bring jet fuel to Sri Lanka.

Several companies representing the aviation industry stated that they are ready to bring and distribute jet fuel to Sri Lanka at their own expense if the Petroleum Corporation and the Ministry of Petroleum provide the necessary permission and facilities.

The representatives of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation said that two crude oil ships have reached Sri Lanka so far and according to their refining activities, the Sapugaskanda Refinery can provide about 600 metric tons of jet fuel per day. Accordingly, it is possible to supply aircraft fuel continuously from the 20th of this month.

The Minister who paid attention to that, instructed the Civil Aviation Authority to prepare a systematic program with proper study on the daily fuel quantities required for each air service and the steps taken by the Petroleum Corporation to provide it.

The Minister instructed the officials that the CPC should promptly carry out the necessary activities to facilitate the storage of more aviation fuel, and taking into consideration the future needs, take steps to create the necessary fuel storage at the airport as well as outside it.


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