Minister of Energy Gamini Lokuge says they will extend maximum support to Minister Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi to ensure no power cuts will be imposed from tomorrow.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Minister Lokuge said the process of supplying fuel to the Ceylon Electricity Board will be continued.
The Minister said a discussion will be held with Ministry officials to find a solution to the present crisis.
He said he cannot confirm whether there are adequate stocks of fuel for the next three days adding he took over the Ministerial portfolio with the aim of ensuring a continuous supply of fuel.
Minister Lokuge said any issues pertaining to the payments between the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and the Ceylon Electricity Board will be resolved by liaising with the government and the Treasury instead of burdening the public.
The Minister said three vessels carrying fuel shipments have arrived at the port while fuel from the Credit Line extended by India will be received on the 18th of March.
He claimed that will ensure fuel supply until May.
Minister Lokuge said steps must then be taken to resume operations at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery claiming the country will not face any shortages if production is increased to 100 percent.
The Minister said the only obstacle to achieving this is obtaining a steady supply of crude oil adding the matter can be resolved by discussions with the international community.