Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) having realized the necessity of replacing the dilapidated existing bunker fuel pipeline which is more than 60 years old and runs from the Bloemandhal Oil Terminal to the Port of Colombo on a priority basis to be used by all license holders, with enhanced efficiency and productivity, has scheduled to commence a new project of laying of new bunker fuel pipelines.
The project jointly undertaken by the Civil Engineering Division and the Mechanical Works Division of SLPA will be commenced today (June 28), reported Ceylon FT.
The project which costs Rs. 250 million is scheduled to be completed in July 2013.
Upon the declaration of Presidential Grant of the land of 8 acres 2 roods, 21.44 perches, which was within the declared limits of the Port of Colombo by the Supreme Court restoring the possession of the set facility to the SLPA, immediate steps were taken to enhance the bunker business in Sri Lanka.
Accordingly, SLPA also entered into fresh agreement for the use of facilities within the port on equal terms with all parties licensed to supply bunkers.
Having taken over the premises, SLPA has initiated steps to satisfy the requirements of the holders of bunker licensed by utilizing the common user facility at the Port of Colombo and the Bloemandhal Oil Terminal.
Jaya Container Terminals Limited – the Management Agency of the SLPA entered into an agreement with all ten holders of bunker licenses to make available facilities at the Oil Terminal. To enhance the storage capacity to be shared by the license holders, a new storage tank with the capacity of 5300MT was also constructed at a cost of Rs. 70 million.
Accordingly, storage capacity has been increased to almost 35000MT at the Oil Terminal and storage capacity for Heavy Fuel Oil of 380cst viscosity and marine gas oil respectively. In addition, 5200MT storage capacity is available for Intermediate Fuel Oil of 180cst viscosity.