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Hon.Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga stated that they are going to initiate the project to lay a pipe line for the aviation fuel (Jet A - 01) from Muthurajawel to Banadaranaike International Airport (BIA) during the months to follow.

“Earlier, it was planned to construct this pipe line parallel to Hamilton canal via Nugape-Bopitiya to Pamunugama and then parallel to Colombo- Negombo road and to Katunayaka. But it would be difficult as it is an underground pipe line. Therefore we focused to lay the pipe line in an easy way. We also followed a feasibility study regarding to this and outcome of it was satisfactory. Road Development Authority (RDA) has agreed to construct the pipe line parallel to Colombo-Negombo highway. Every highway has a service corridor which we did not construct it. But we would be able to construct it” said the Minister Arjuna Ranatunga during the meeting of monthly progress review of the ministry which was held in the Auditorium in the Ministry, today.

During this meeting, Minister specially focused on this project which was operating by Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC). CPC is the main supplier of fuel to aircrafts and it’s the only foreign investment for the CPC.

Fuel for aircraft is transport by trains and fuel trucks from Kolonnawa Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminal to the main supply center in BIA. However, according to the inspection of CPC, operations done by Kolonnawa storage won’t be sufficient to fulfill the needs in future. According to the calculations daily fuel consumptions of 1.6L Millions will be increase in to 2L Millions in 2020 and 3.5L Millions in 2030. They will expect to supply fuel for aircrafts from Muthurajawela Terminal in addition to Kolonnawa Storage. According to the initial plan of this project full length of the pipe line is 23.3KM. But this has reduced in to 3.5KM under the new decisions. By this project we will be able to save more than 200,000 kilowatt hour.     

Katunayaka aviation fuel terminal has obtained “GOOD” position in international ranking by JIG (Joint Inspection Group) which they expect to upgrade the position in to “EXCELLENT” by this project. In addition to that, as a result of reduction of cost of transportation, CPC will be able to supply aviation fuel competing with India by reducing the prices of aviation fuel. As stated by Minister Arjuna Ranatunga they will be able to make a huge monetary profit by this.

“Every project should be compatible with the country. We should reduce the difficulties face by people as same as project should be provide long term advantages. We are spending public money for these projects which we should not waste it. We are liable for every public penny we are spending. That’s what we considered when we initiate the above project” Minister Ranatunga further added.




- Media Unit - Minister Office



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Petrol 92 Octane : Rs. 450.00 Per Litre

Petrol 95 Octane : Rs. 540.00 Per Litre

Auto Diesel : Rs. 440.00 Per Litre

Lanka Super Diesel : Rs. 510.00 Per Litre

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Source : Ceylon Petroleum Corporation