Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera says that the unloading of 37,000 metric tons of 92 octane petrol started today (16). In addition, unloading of 100,000 metric tons of crude oil has also started.
The unloading of 40,000 metric tons of diesel had started two days ago and the work is scheduled to be completed by tomorrow morning.
Two ships carrying fuel and crude oil to Sri Lanka were anchored in the port of Colombo for three weeks and another ship for two weeks. Unloading of fuel and crude oil from the ships was delayed due to inability to find the required dollars for payment.
In the meantime, the minister says that another 40,000 metric tons of diesel is ready for unloading and the necessary payments for the respective diesel stock will be made in the future.