Samples sent overseas for testing
By Ifham Nizam
The possibility of a hidden hand or group in the allegedly substandard fuel cannot be ruled out as all testing done here didn’t indicate any defects or inferior quality, a top official said.
Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, Managing Director Susantha Silva told Ceylon Today yesterday samples were already being sent two counties and if any unknown properties were found other than the local tests then there is definitely a hidden hand.
While saying that his top agenda is to make the CPC a profit generating institution, he would also fight for the rights of the public and country, and said the substandard fuel issue was an unfortunate incident.
He said that within a couple days they would be receiving samples that were independently tested. He also said expressed confidence the three member committee appointed would come with a detailed report on Thursday.
Meanwhile, he said a decision was taken on Friday evening to remove the company which allegedly supplied substandard diesel to the CPC list of registered suppliers, until inquiries into incidents of vehicles malfunctioning from inferior diesel use are completed.
The decision was taken by the CPC high command after considering complaints of substandard diesel from the public and also due to similar issues arising from fuel previously provided by the supplier, the Vitol Group of Companies.
Accordingly ordering fuel from the supplier in question has been temporarily suspended, he said.
The CPC MD said further action regarding the company will be taken following the obtaining of the report of the three-member committee appointed to look into the issue and the foreign laboratory reports.