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Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka’s Power and Energy Minister said the country has ordered additional stocks of all fuel products in the next three days to make up for the delayed time in distributing fuel for island wide stations, amid fears of the country could face another fuel crisis in the near future.

Many fuel stations have complained of no stocks and some are closed with vehicle queues have started to appear in capital Colombo and suburb in the last few days.

“Delays in distribution, unloading and payments for orders by fuel stations have created long lines,”
Wijesekara said in a twitter message on Saturday.

After reviewing operations in fuel distribution, the minister has been instructed to distribute additional stocks of all products island wide in the next three days in order to reduce the queues within the next two days.

The country has seen extended queues outside fuel stations again, after an initial easing of queues following the implementation of the National Fuel Pass with a QR code system from August 01. The move comes after increased public movement as schools, offices, and universities resumed operations after working intermittently,

Queues were seen reemerging mid last week after reopening of schools and universities from August 22.

Colombo filling stations that are affiliated to Sri Lanka’s state-owned CEYPETCO and Lanka IOC, a local unit of the Indian Oil Corporation, said the delay in distribution is the main reason for the growing vehicle queues.

“We are closed since yesterday afternoon,” a CEYPETCO station employee in Malabe told EconomyNext on Thursday August 25.

“The stocks we ordered have not arrived yet.”

Several fuel stations in the Colombo area were seen to have placed barriers around the premises and
were pumping limited amounts of fuel to customers as the stocks have been running out.

Queues were seen to be forming on Thursday in front of several filling stations despite they were closed due to not having fuel in stock. (Colombo/ Aug 27/2022)

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