Sri Lanka should reduce oil prices: Gammanpila


Sep 09, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka should pass the benefit of falling crude oil prices to consumers, Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila said.

Speaking at a press briefing Gammanpila asked the government to reveal the reason as to why the reduction is being delayed.

The benchmark US crude oil price has hit a six-year low recently and the price of a barrel of crude oil had plunged to around 40 US dollars in the world market.

“US crude is now down to 48 US dollars a barrel. It is a 56 percent drop against the prices of October 2014,” Gammanpila said.

The newly appointed Petroleum and Petroleum Gas Minister Chandima Weerakkody said that the government would bring down the oil prices considering the world prices.

“We’ll pass the maximum benefit of world oil price changes to consumers,” Weerakkody said.

Sri Lanka usually revises fuel prices periodically. The 100 day government delayed the introduction of a transparent fuel price formula till the general elections concluded.

With the Iran nuclear deal turning successful, it is expected to lift the oil and financial sanctions against them within the first three months of 2016.

Sri Lanka will also be able to import crude oil from Iran by next year and the need of a proper fuel price formula is the need of the hour of the newly formed partnership government.