The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has assured that sufficient stocks of fuel are available to meet the demand for a month.
Chairman of the CPC Sumith Wijesinghe speaking at a media briefing today said 75,000MT of petrol and 99,000MT of Auto Diesel are currently in storages.
He therefore requested the public to refrain from queuing up at filling stations.
The Chairman said yesterday’s statement by a trade union representative of a shortage, was anti-government adding it was made with the aim of misleading the public.
He said 5,500MT of Auto Diesel and 3,300MT of petrol is required daily under normal conditions, adding however the numbers have reduced due to the prevailing coronavirus situation.
Wijesinghe commenting on the current fuel reserves said crude oil was imported recently considering the current situation.
He said, as of yesterday the current petrol reserve is sufficient for 26 days while the diesel reserves are sufficient for 28 days.
The Chairman claimed the calculation was published without considering the daily production at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery.
Wijesinghe said 1,800MT-2,000MT of diesel is refined daily reiterating the current stocks are sufficient for at least a month.