He said that there was no diesel shipment arriving today (24). The crude oil shipment to be received on Tuesday (28) was also not coming in.
Accordingly, the activities at the Sapugaskanda Refinery will have to stop from today due to the lack of crude oil stocks.
He said that there are no fuel shipments scheduled to arrive in the country this week, as no payments have been made for any shipments.
Therefore, the Ministry should take action to distribute the remaining fuel stocks among the people, Palitha said.
The CPC storage does not even have 25,000 MT of diesel and 1,500 MT of petrol, Palitha said.
Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera earlier said that Fuel cargo carrying 40,000 MT of Petrol 92 scheduled to arrive early yesterday morning has been delayed by one day.
He said that a limited amount of petrol was distributed yesterday and even today around the country. The Auto Diesel was distributed at full capacity and there was limited distribution of Super Diesel, the Minister said.