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Mar 04, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is to expand to three million litres storage capacity at an aircraft refuelling facility in a new international airport being built in the south, a petroleum ministry statement said.

The state-owned refiner, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, is to design and fund the aircraft hydrant refuelling system at the Maththala airport which is being built by Chinese contractors with a loan from China’s Ex-Im Bank.

The original plan was to build storage tanks with one million litres of capacity but this would not be enough to supply the daily requirements of an international airport, the ministry statement said.

The new airport will be the island’s second international airport and is close to a new port in the same area and part of government plans to make the complex a regional cargo hub.

The CPC will do the operations and maintenance of the aircraft refuelling facility at Maththala.
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It currently operates a refuelling facility at the island’s sole international airport at Katunayake, north of Colombo.

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