Massive cost to resume oil refinery’s operations – unionist
Posted on November 17th, 2021

Courtesy Ceylon Today

Massive cost to resume oil refinery’s operations - unionist

Trade union leader Ananda Palitha says massive expenses will have to be borne for the resumption of operations of the now-closed Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery.

He says that it will take 10 days to normalize the refinery’s functions, during which period at least Rs. 100 million will have to be spent to pay salaries and allowances for its employees for doing no work.

Palitha also says the refinery did not have any buffer stocks since Udaya Gammanpila assumed duties as the energy minister.

He charges the minister is without a level of knowledge of a cleaner working at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.

Gammanpila told the media yesterday that the closure of the refinery would not lead to any shortage of fuel in the market.

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