Sri Lanka urges airlines to fly full tank or fill up elsewhere

30/5/2022 2:42:00 PM

Sri Lanka urges airlines to fly full tank or fill up elsewhere

Copy to clipboard https://str.Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn COLOMBO: Cash-strapped Sri Lanka on Saturday (May 28) took delivery of Russian oil - which could soon be subject to a European embargo - to restart operations at the country's only refinery, the energy minister said.The island nation is suffering its worst economic meltdown since independence, with shortages of fuel and other vital goods making life miserable for its 22 million people.

sg/w2DS COLOMBO (BLOOMBERG) - Sri Lanka is recommending airlines carry enough jet fuel to last return trips or fill up elsewhere, as the island grapples with a shortage of everything from oil to food due to a foreign exchange crisis."We've asked airlines to carry the required fuel while operating to Sri Lanka, because there is a shortage of aviation fuel, and we have to manage the situation," Mr Rayhan Wanniappa, a director of Sri Lanka's Civil Aviation Authority, said in a phone interview on Monday (May 30).The island nation is suffering its worst economic meltdown since independence from Britain in 1948, with shortages of fuel and other vital goods making life miserable for its 22 million people."Airlines are bringing certain additional supplies, while we are also providing from our stocks.The Russian crude delivery had been waiting offshore of the capital Colombo's port for over a month as the country was unable to raise US$75 million to pay for it, energy minister Kanchana Wijesekera said." Airlines that fly to Sri Lanka, including Dubai's Emirates Airline are tankering - carrying more fuel than required - while the island's flag carrier is using the Southern Indian city of Chennai and Dubai to refuel for long-haul flights, people familiar with the matter said, declining to be identified as plans are confidential.The Russian crude delivery had been waiting offshore of the capital Colombo's port for over a month as the country was unable to raise US$75 million (S$103 million) to pay for it, energy minister Kanchana Wijesekera said.Sri Lanka has been plagued by a dearth of necessary items, power cuts and rampant inflation, leading to public protests calling for the ouster of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa."Crude alone will not fulfil our requirement, we need other refined (petroleum) products as well.

The country defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time this month, and has started bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund."I have made an official request to the Russian ambassador for direct supplies of Russian oil," Wijesekera told reporters in Colombo."Crude alone will not fulfil our requirement, we need other refined (petroleum) products as well.SriLankan has taken measures for minimum interruption to flight schedules, a spokesman for the airline said.The steps include fuel tankering and refuelling aircraft through technical stops at foreign airports, he said." Around 90,000 tonnes of Siberian light crude will be sent to Sri Lanka's refinery after the shipment was acquired on credit from Dubai-based intermediary Coral Energy.Singapore Airlines Ltd is uplifting additional fuel on flights departing Singapore to Sri Lanka due to the shortage, a representative said in an e-mail.He added that the Siberian grade was not an ideal match for the refinery, which is optimised for Iranian light crude, but no other supplier was willing to extend credit.Emirates didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.He added that the Siberian grade was not an ideal match for the refinery, which is optimised for Iranian light crude, but no other supplier was willing to extend credit.The Sapugaskanda refinery on Colombo's outskirts will resume work in about two days.

"There's been no effect in airport and airline operations," said Mr G.A.The Sapugaskanda refinery on Colombo's outskirts will resume work in about two days.Related:.Chandrasiri, chairman of the Airport and Aviation Services, that operates the main airport in Colombo."This is just a preventive measure.Russian oil is already subject to a US embargo and its barrels have traded at a steep discount from international benchmarks, which have risen substantially since the conflict began." The Indian ocean nation has been trying to come up with cash to pay for oil that's been sitting on tankers off its coast as its fuel crunch persists.Anti-government protests erupted into riots earlier this month, leaving nine people dead and many more wounded.

The country's sole refinery is attempting to restart after three months of shutdown, with crude supplies from Russia which it hopes to refine into usable fuel.Its people are also grappling with acute shortages of imported food and pharmaceuticals, along with record inflation and lengthy daily blackouts.Join.

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