Sri Lanka rejects 40,000t of diesel from Vitol for failing quality test

COLOMBO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka has rejected a consignment of 40,000 tonnes of diesel supplied by oil trading giant Vitol after it failed standard tests, Petroleum Resource Minister Chandima Weerakkody said on Wednesday.

"I took the decision to reject it as it is not up to our specifications," Weerakkody told Reuters.

However, he did not say which specifications the fuel failed to meet.

"We are working with the customer to resolve this matter,” a spokeswoman for Vitol in London said.

Sri Lanka has, in the past, withheld payments or turned away cargo from various suppliers for failing specification tests.

Weerakkody said the CPC tested twice and the sample failed both times.

"We will not face any diesel shortage (in the country) as the CPC has the required stocks to cater to demand."


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