Sapugaskanda compensation report 90% complete 

By Buddhika Samaraweera


About 90% of the report of the committee appointed to calculate the compensation that is due for those affected by the recent oil leakage at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery owned by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), has been prepared, according to the Energy Ministry. 

When inquired about this, the Energy Ministry Secretary, D.R. Olga said that the remaining work of the report would be completed and handed over to the Ministry within the next few days. 

The compensation amount will then be determined quantitatively, she said. According to her, after the preparation of the relevant report, the recommendations for compensation will be forwarded to the CPC’s Directors Board and the compensation would then be paid after obtaining its approval. 

The Energy Ministry had appointed two committees to look into the recent oil leakage at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery during the recent floods in the nearby areas. According to the Energy Minister and Cabinet Co-Spokesman Udaya Gammanpila, one committee was appointed to investigate the causes that led to the oil leakage. That committee is tasked with studying as to whether there has been any shortcoming or negligence on the part of the officials at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery that led to the incident and as to what measures should be taken to prevent such incidents from recurring.  

The other committee is tasked with the responsibility of calculating the compensation that is required to be paid to those affected. Both the committees were instructed to submit their reports within a period of 14 days.  

The residents of the Heiyanthuduwa area had been affected by the oil leakage which was caused as a result of the overflowing of the separator tanks containing furnace oil at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery with the ingress of rainwater following heavy rainfall, late last month.