Sri Lanka left with fuel stocks for around five days: minister

Sri Lanka left with fuel stocks for around five days: minister

Sri Lanka left with fuel stocks for around five days: minister

Sri Lanka rushes to find fuel as shortages hit schools, workers (credits:google)

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  • Sri Lanka’s fuel supplies will last for roughly five more days.
  • The island nation waits for official approval from India on a fresh $500 million petroleum credit line.
  • Fuel for automobiles, several industries, and critical services are covered by stockpiles.
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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s fuel supplies will last for roughly five more days, according to the country’s power and energy minister, as the island nation waits for official approval from India on a fresh $500 million petroleum credit line.

After its foreign exchange reserves plummeted to historic lows, the country’s 22 million inhabitants are facing their biggest financial crisis in seven decades, with dollars running out to pay for essential imports such as food, medicine, and fuel.

Chronic gasoline shortages have increased this week, with kilometer-long lineups at several gas stations around the country, sparking sporadic protests as motorists wait for petrol and diesel, sometimes overnight.

Fuel for automobiles, several industries, and critical services are all covered by the stockpiles. The prime minister was elected a month ago.

According to Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera, Sri Lanka is unable to repay $725 million in overdue payments to suppliers and is also having difficulty securing letters of credit for future shipments.

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“We’re having trouble getting fuel supplies due to our currency problems, and the administration is striving to manage existing diesel and gasoline stocks until June 21,” he told reporters. “We’re having a hard time keeping up with demand, and if we don’t cut back on non-essential travel and stop stockpiling fuel, stocks could run out much faster.”

 

“We expect a gasoline cargo in the next three days, followed by two more shipments in the next eight days,” he said.

Sri Lanka is awaiting clearance from the Indian government’s Exim Bank on a $500 million credit line, which Wijesekera said would be used to cover petroleum shipments for the next few weeks.

During the financial crisis, India was a crucial backer, providing around $3 billion in aid, including a $1 billion credit line for necessary imports and a $400 million swap.
Sri Lanka has contacted a number of nations, including Russia, to examine gasoline import possibilities that would last several months, according to Wijesekera.

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The country is also negotiating a rescue deal with the International Monetary Fund, and a delegation from the lender is slated to arrive in Sri Lanka on June 20.

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