Monday, 12 April 2021 23:04

Sri Lanka to enter into long-term credit oil deals with foreign nations Featured

Sri Lanka for the first time is to secure Government-Government (G-to-G) agreements with several oil-producing nations–including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Russia— on long-term credit.

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Chairman Sumith Wijesinghe said the discussions with the embassies of these countries were started amid indications that Sri Lanka’s fuel bill would rise even further in the future.

The objective is to explore the possibility of securing G-to-G deals to import crude oil at concessionary rates using a special quota system under a long-term payment scheme.

Sri Lanka is now eyeing Government to Government agreements to purchase crude oil on long-term credit.

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Chairman Sumith Wijesinghe had told local media that Sri Lanka is planning to enter into agreements with oil-producing nations.

This includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Russia.

The objective of the agreements would be to import crude oil at concessionary rates using a special quota system under a long-term payment scheme.

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Chairman had noted that Sri Lanka is still paying for the oil imports for the first quarter of 2020.

In March last year, the government had set up a Fuel Price Stabilisation Fund to ease the process of settling the debt of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.

This was after announcing that local fuel prices will not be reduced in the country despite a drop in oil prices in the global market.

Although the government had aimed at receiving Rs 200 billion as revenue, the Fund had received income amounting to only between 50 and 60 billion rupees.

 

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