Lanka begins work on $3.9b refinery
Published on: Monday, March 25, 2019

COLOMBO: Work has begun on a $3.9 billion oil refinery to be funded by a Singapore-Oman joint venture next to a Chinese-run port in what will be Sri Lanka’s largest foreign investment ever.

The refinery and a tank farm will be built on 237 hectares (585 acres) of land lying about 235 kilometres (146 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, near the Hambantota port that is controlled by a Chinese firm. 

The investment comes as Sri Lanka struggles to repay $5.9 billion in foreign loans this year, of which 40 per cent must be serviced by the end of this month. The Indian Ocean island nation used its reserves to repay a $1 billion sovereign bond loan in January. – AP 



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