Trade unionist Ananda Palitha says operations at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery will have to be suspended again in March if only one ship carrying crude oil arrives in Sri Lanka in the third week of January.
Speaking to NewsRadio, Palitha said there is a risk of a power crisis in future.
He said suspending operations at the Sapugaskanda Refinery is a lengthy process adding subject Ministers must be able to ensure a continuous supply of crude oil prior to shutting down operations.
The trade unionist said the Refinery is a 50-year-old national asset.
Palitha said unfortunately the public will face the consequences of operations being halted from next week.
He urged the government to pay and obtain the shipments at the port as there is a ship carrying diesel at the port for eight days while a ship carrying petrol has been at the port for six days.
He said the public will be further burdened if the government fails to take necessary steps to distribute the fuel.
The trade unionist attributed corrupt crude oil deals as the reason for the impending power crisis.
He said the queuing era was created due to the government’s inability and the lack of correct policies.
Palitha called for the subject Minister to apologise to the public over the failure to operate the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery as there is no shortage of crude oil in the world market.