Skidding Off

Sri Lanka government shelves private sector funded oil refinery project in Sapugaskanda under trade union pressure. Sri Lanka government shelves private sector funded oil refinery project in Sapugaskanda under trade union pressure. Last week, Cabinet gave the green light for a US$ 800 million oil refinery project financed by US company Global Energy Industrial Operations.

Global Energy was to build the new refinery in the State owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) land, operate it for 30 years and hand it over to the CPC.

The new facility was expected to treble Sri Lanka’s oil refining capacity brining it up to six million tonnes per year.

But plans are now “differed” until “further study,” Cabinet spokesman Nimal Siripala de Silva told journalists on Thursday, after trade unions threatened to strike, if the deal went ahead.

“The Prime Minister and the Minister of Power and Energy have both requested time to further study the matter and this has now been differed,” said de Silva.

Last week CPC trade unions threatened to strike unless the project was stopped.

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