Kerosene pipeline bursts, loss unknown


by Dasun Edirisinghe

The loss suffered by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation had not been estimated as of late yesterday following another pipeline bursting at Meetotamulla on Sunday night.

It was an old one pumping fuel from the Colombo Port to the Kolonnawa oil Installation.

Spokesman for the Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd Nissanka Jayawardena told The Island that it was a Kerosene pipe and the loss could not be worked out as oil had got contaminated with water.

"The area where the pipe burst is a marsh," he said, adding that the repair was being delayed as the exact place of the leak could not be traced due to water.

Jayawardena however said their workers were confident of completing the repair by 5.00 pm yesterday.

He said that they had been informed by residents near the Paddy Marketing Board stores in Meetotamulla that there was an oil leak last morning.

According to him, the pipe was not pumping Kerosene at the time the leak was discovered.

Jayawardena said that the pipeline was over 50 years old and it was in a dilapidated condition.

"A proposal to lay a new pipeline system was being planned and it would be implemented soon," he said.

Last week too, a pipeline, pumping fuel from Colombo port to Kolonnawa, sprung leaks in two places in the Orugodawatta area and was repaired by Thursday.

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