The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation is hopeful of resuming operations of the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery by next month.
Addressing a media briefing this morning Chairman of the CPC Sumith Wijesinghe said the refinery will temporarily close after functioning tomorrow.
He said several long-term tenders have been called with the CPC expecting positive participation, adding that once enforced they expect all difficulties and shortages to be addressed.
Wijesinghe added through the agreement entered with India, Sri Lanka will receive petrol, diesel, furnace oil, and jet A-1 highlighting that the Indian Trade Line already commenced on the 13th of March.
He said a diesel shipment arrived in the country and will be offloaded tomorrow.
Therefore, the CPC Chairman expected that the fuel supply will be steady and will suffice through April and May.
Wijesinghe added filling stations have been provided fuel stocks above the daily requirement.
He said the CPC issues 5,500MT of petrol to filling stations and 3,300MT of diesel daily.
Wijesinghe added they are currently issuing 7,000MT-8,000MT of petrol and 4,200MT-4,500 of diesel daily at present.
He claimed that consumers are pumping more than they require for daily use.
He expressed hope that the present situation will settle with time and believed that the public will use fuel sparingly despite obtaining a full tank of fuel. The CPC Chairman added queues will also gradually reduce.