Sri Lanka power regulatory chief accuses state-run CPC of wrong crude import

An explosive allegation by the head of Sri Lanka’s utility regulatory authority on the quality of a recently imported crude oil consignment has led to a swift defence and a promise of legal action by the minister in charge.

Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) Chairman Janaka Ratnayake told a privately owned television station on Sunday September 25 that the state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) had imported the wrong crude oil with the wrong composition.

Ratnayake claimed the unsuitability of the naphtha refined from this consignment with its high sulphur content was the reason for a recent extension in Sri Lanka’s scheduled daily power cuts from one hour and 20 minutes to two hours and 20 minutes.

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