The fuel supply to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) could be delayed by a period of one month after January 22, said Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila speaking to media yesterday (16).
“The CEB had informed us that they will be needing fuel for power generation from the end of January, but requested 3500 metric tonnes of fuel oil per day on January 07. We are now providing them fuel oil until January 22. Also, they requested 1500 metric tonnes of diesel per day from January 13,” Gammanpila said.
He added: “But we reminded them what had told them earlier that we are not in a position to make such a distribution. We told them to earn dollars, so that we can provide them fuel. They have to bear the time it takes to bring fuel. It is only now they have told us their requirement. So, it may take at least 30 days to provide them the required amount of fuel.”