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Sapugaskanda compensation report completed

 

  • Submitted to Energy Ministry to be given to CPC

  • Negligence probe committee yet to complete

 

By Buddhika Samaraweera

 

The report of the committee appointed to calculate the compensation that is required for those affected due to the recent oil leakage of the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery owned by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), was handed over to the Energy Ministry yesterday (21).

Energy Ministry Secretary K.D.R. Olga said that the report which was handed over to the Ministry yesterday will be forwarded to the CPC’s Directors Board, following which the amount of compensation will be determined quantitatively.

However, the other committee which is tasked with studying as to whether there has been any shortcoming or negligence on the part of the officials at the refinery that led to the incident and what measures should be taken to prevent such incidents from recurring, has requested another two weeks to finalise its report, citing certain difficulties in recording statements due to the travel restrictions.

The Energy Ministry had appointed two committees to look into the oil leakage at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery during the recent floods in the nearby areas. According to Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila, one committee, which is yet to complete its report, was appointed to investigate the causes that led to the oil leakage. This included studying if there has been any shortcoming or negligence on the part of the officials at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery that led to the incident and what measures should be taken to prevent such incidents from taking place again.

The other committee, which has completed and handed over its report, was tasked with the responsibility of calculating the compensation that is required to be paid for 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 rain water following heavy rainfall late last month.