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Cabinet approval sought to expedite Trinco Oil Tank Farm project

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Cabinet approval has been sought to lease a 7.8 hectare area of land to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation with effect from Jan. 06, 2022, in order to expedite the development of the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm while implementing the relevant Quadripartite Agreement.

The Cabinet memorandum in this regard was tabled on Dec. 23 last year by Minister of Power and Energy – Kanchana Wijesekara.

On Jan. 06, 2022, the government of Sri Lanka inked a quadripartite agreement on January 06, with India to jointly develop the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm. It was signed at the Finance Ministry with the Government of Sri Lanka, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), Lanka IOC and the subsidiary company Trinco Petroleum Terminal Pvt. Ltd. as the signatories.

In the subsidiary company named Trinco Petroleum Terminal Pvt. Ltd., established for the joint development of these 61 oil tanks, the CPC retained 51% while Lanka IOC held 49% of the issued shares of the joint venture company.

In parallel to that, the Commissioner General of Lands has leased a lot of land consisting of 24 oil tanks to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, while leasing another lot of land consisting of 14 oil tanks to the Lanka IOC PLC. In addition, a lot of land consisting of 61 oil tanks to Trinco Petroleum Terminal (Pvt.) Ltd. for 50 years.

Further, two plots of lands where the oil pipeline system is located, is to be leased to the Lanka IOC for 50 years, by keeping the right of way to the CPC and the Trinco Petroleum (Pvt.) Ltd.

In addition, the plot where 14 employee quarters of Lanka OIC are located is also to be leased to the Lanka IOC for 50 years.

Meanwhile, ‘The Hindu’ newspaper has reported that during the visit of Indian External Affairs Minister – S. Jaishankar later this week, talks are expected on two possible MoUs – on the Trincomalee development project and the long-pending plan for a cross-strait transmission line that would allow Sri Lanka access to India’s plans for an energy grid along with other countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

“India is expected to give a positive response to Sri Lanka’s requirements, in keeping with India’s support last year as well,” the article had added, citing a source.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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