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Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port LPG tanks leased to Litro Gas in use

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Hambantota International Port, run by China’s CM Ports said liquefied petroleum gas tanks leased to state-run Litro Gas, has been certified for use and are being used to unload gas.

Litro Gas is the third energy firm to use Hambantota after Sri Lanka’s Laugfs Gas which built its own facility and Sinopec, which is partnering the port to supply bunkers to ships.

“With Litro Gas coming into the equation, and HIP’s tank farm and berth refurbished to international standards, we are now fully operational,” Tissa Wickremasinghe, Chief Operating Officer of Hambantota International Port Group said.

The Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) and Fit For Service (FFS) had been given to LPG operations at the port by Lloyds Registry and the port has allocated jetties 1 and 2 to discharge and transship oil and gas.

LPG Tanker ‘Gas Esco’ had arrived at the ports jetty number 02 to discharge the first shipment for Litro Gas.

Hambantota Port can also handle containers, general cargo, Ro-Ro, passenger, bunkering, bulk terminal, gas, and project cargo. Warehouses and distribution centres are also planned.

“In addition to being an energy hub, we are well on the way to becoming a logistics hub in the region, with warehouses, storage areas, and distribution centers planned for set up within the port premises,” Wickremasinghe said.

The port said it is fully operational despite Coronavirus curfews in effect. (Colombo/May05/2020)

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