Sri Lanka has given approval for India’s Lanka Indian Oil Corporation to open 50 new fuel stations, a company official said on Monday, as part of efforts to reduce severe shortages that have crippled the island nation.
Sri Lanka is caught in its worst financial crisis in more than 70 years as a shortage of foreign exchange has left it struggling to pay for essential imports of food, medicine and, critically, fuel.
Lanka Indian Oil Corporation, the smaller player in the island’s fuel supply duopoly, already has 216 fuel stations and will invest about 2 billion rupees ($5.5 million) on the expansion, its Managing Director Manoj Gupta told Reuters. The LIOC is a subsidiary of India’s Indian Oil Corporation and is listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange.
“We have been trying for some time to get this approval and we are more than willing to come forward and play a larger role to support and work with Sri Lanka to resolve its challenges,” Gupta said.—Reuters