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Sri Lanka to rebuild aging oil pipeline network

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka is to call for international bids to rebuild a pipeline network from Colombo port to a storage terminal at Kolonnawa, six kilometres away, a government spokesman said.

The existing pipeline network that carries oil is 40-70 years old and in a very dilapidated condition, said Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne.

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal by Power and energy Minister Champika Ranawaka to build a new pipeline network, he told a news conference.

Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals is to do a full study of the infrastructure and other facilities required for the production and movement of refined products.

The government has decided to call for an open international tender for the selection of a suitable contractor to rebuild the pipeline network, Senaratne said.

Previous plans to lay new pipelines were stalled by the need to removed squatters living on the route selected to lay the pipeline, acquisition of land and selection of a suitable contractor for the project.

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