Informed local sources have told Bunkerspot that bunkering operations at the Sri Lankan port of Hambantota are now set to begin.
The sources said that the first oil tanker is calling at the port to discharge fuel and bunkering services will officially start today (2 April). They added that the port has low sulphur fuel.
As previously reported by Bunkerspot, in April last year the Chinese energy giant Sinopec won the bid to operate the Hambantota oil tank terminal and provide bunkering facilities. The company had originally planned to start up operations – armed with IMO 2020-compliant product – in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019.
Sinopec’s stated ambition is to transform Hambantota into a major bunkering hub for South Asia, generating bunker volumes of more than one million tonnes per annum within five years.
Bunkerspot has been told that an official statement on the resumption of bunkering activities in Hambantota will be released later today – and we will provide more information as it becomes available.