Sinopec’s fuel arrival marks new beginning; sparks optimism

Wednesday, 2 August 2023 00:30 –      – 79

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  • First fuel cargo from Chinese giant has commenced discharging with the second cargo expected to arrive today
  • Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera asserts entry of retail suppliers will bolster forex efficiency
  • Says Sinopec will commence retail operations with 150 fuel stations countrywide once agreements with dealers finalised
Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera

Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera announced the first fuel cargo from Sinopec, a leading Chinese energy and chemical company, has commenced discharging, with the second cargo expected to arrive today.

Taking to Twitter, he said the entry of new retail suppliers to the domestic market holds the promise of easing the country’s foreign exchange requirements for petroleum products, a development that is set to fuel economic growth.

Minister Wijesekera said the new retail suppliers are poised to alleviate forex pressures by adopting a 12-month financing facility from their principal investors.

This move marks a strategic step towards bolstering forex efficiency and optimising the import process for petroleum products.

“Sinopec will commence retail petroleum operations with 150 fuel stations islandwide once the agreements with the fuel station dealers are signed and finalised,” he added.

On 14 July, Sinopec Energy Lanka Ltd., signed an agreement with the Board of Investment (BOI) for a $ 100 million investment in the import, storage, and sale of petroleum in Sri Lanka.

As part of this endeavour, Sinopec will have a total of 200 fuel stations countrywide, by assuming the control of 150 privately-owned fuel outlets currently operated by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), and by additional 50 new filling stations.

Sinopec will offer a wide range of petroleum products through its fuel stations, including 92 and 95-octane petrol, 500 PPM diesel, diesel 10 COPPM, petroleum jet fuel, and other diesel and petroleum products.


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