Jan 23, 2018

Inferior fuel racket aggravates

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation issuing a communiqué said that the underground petrol storage tanks and fuel pumps of the fuel station at Gamsabha Junction in Nugegoda had been sealed yesterday night (22).

This was done subsequent to a sudden raid carried out by the CPC investigation team.

The raid was carried out based on complaints made by consumers that Kerosene oil was being mixed with the petrol and sold to consumers. The CPC noted that samples of the fuel had been obtained from the particular petrol shed and based on the results of the tests carried out at the CPC Laboratory, further action would be initiated.

Meanwhile, the sudden raids team had also inspected a fuel bowser transporting furnace oil from Kolonnawa to Colombo Galadari hotel and upon testing the fuel samples, determined that the furnace oil was of low quality.

It is suspected that during transportation, the furnace oil may have been mixed with a low grade oil. The reason for this suspicion is that the relevant bowser had not travelled on the assigned rout and had stopped at a particular location for a considerable time. Hence, the suspect stock of fuel had been taken into the custody of the raiding unit while further investigations are being carried out by the CPC investigations unit.

Meanwhile, Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunge said sudden raids have been stepped up to prevent the misappropriation of fuel and irregularities. In the event there is any suspicion of contaminated or mixed fuel please call the nearest police station or 0728870624 or 0777748417 and notify the raids team, Minister Ranatunge appealed to the public.