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CPC responsible for quality of crude oil imported

Has to take legal action against PUCSL Chairman’s alleged statement - Minister

Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) is responsible if the crude oil imported to Sri Lanka is of inferior quality.

He emphasized that the CPC will be held responsible if the quality of the imported crude oil deteriorates since petroleum products including crude oil are imported by the CPC.The Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission Sri Lanka (PUCSL) in a recent statement allegedly stated that the quality of crude oil imported to Sri Lanka does not meet the expected standards. Accordingly, the Minister points out that the CPC should be held responsible or take legal action against the alleged statement.

Furthermore, the Minister pointed out that a continuous process of quality inspection is being carried out in the importation of petroleum oil to Sri Lanka. Accordingly, the quality of petroleum is checked on five occasions. The fuel export company should submit a quality certificate to the CPC before loading. Also, after loading and before unloading, the quality is checked on two occasions.

Two more quality tests are carried out before product distribution as well as in the field. Thus, the Minister said that before the product reaches customers, the quality is checked on five occasions. As the CPC conducts the quality inspection, the CPC itself should bear the responsibility for crude oil or refined petroleum. “If any party levels allegations about the quality of petroleum oil, the responsibility of taking suitable action is transferred to the CPC,” the Ministry stressed.Therefore, the Minister emphasized that the CPC has the responsibility to take legal action against the statement of the PUCSL Chairman.


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