He said the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) will regulate pricing and quality aspects of the petroleum sector once the changes are done.
Jayatissa de Costa, chairman of Sri Lanka's Public Utilities Commission said his agency may be able to start regulating the sector by the first quarter of 2013 if legal changes go through the parliament on schedule.
The PUC is now the 'shadow regulator' for lubricants with the task being given to the agency through a cabinet decision, pending final legal changes.
But the legal changes will empower it also to oversee other products such as petrol, diesel and kerosene.PUCSL director general Damitha Kumarasinghe said the regulator would allow reasonable costs to suppliers but will not allow 'inefficiencies' to be passed on to the customer.
However if there is a government policy to keep prices low, subsidies will have to be provided to the suppliers, he said.
Analysts have said credit funded subsidies to energy is one of the biggest threats to Sri Lanka's economic stability.
In 2011, credit funded subsidies added to a credit bubble eventually triggering a balance of payments crisis.