Kanchana Wijesekera, Minister of Power and Energy, stated that two diesel ships will arrive on the island within the first two weeks of this month.
Accordingly, two tankers with diesel shipments will reach Sri Lanka on 8th or 9th July and on 11th or 14th July.
The minister also stated that a LIOC ship carrying petrol will arrive in Sri Lanka on the 22nd or 23rd of July, which has already been paid for, and that a third diesel shipment will arrive on the 15th – 17th of July, which will be paid for in advance.
However, the Minister stated that discussions have begun with Malaysia in order to obtain a Petrol shipment on or around July 10th, and that three new importers have been notified in this regard.
Furthermore, Minister Wijesekara stated that the government has spoken with the Malaysian oil company ‘Petronas’ about supplying the necessary crude oil to Sri Lanka, and that the Malaysian government has responded positively.
In a tweet, the Minister stated that the CPC is still awaiting confirmation of shipments upon advance payment from LIOC for one diesel shipment and two petrol shipments, while LIOC has confirmed three cargo arrivals on July 13-14, 30-31, and 10-15, carrying both petrol and diesel.