The Egyptian Minister for Petroleum Engineer Amin Sameh Samir Fahmy has during a meeting with Sri Lanka`s Minister of Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Development A. H. M. Fowzie, agreed to continued discussions on future cooperation in the field of enhancing Sri Lanka`s oil refining capacity from 50,000 to 100,000 barrels per day.
Minister Fowzie was in Cairo attending an Islamic Conference and took the opportunity to meet the Egyptian Minister of Petroleum. He emphasized on the Egyptian commitment to undertake a feasibility study on this project in order to finalise the negotiations. The Egyptian Minister agreed to undertake the feasibility study and instructed his Under Secretary who participated at the discussion to send a letter indicating their commitment.
Fowzie while thankful for the corporation extended by Egypt, indicated that he would like to obtain assistance in training Sri Lankan technical staff in the field of refining operational engineering and related technical services. The Egyptian Minister agreed to training facility. Egyptian Government will provide accommodation, domestic transportation and the training facilities to the Sri Lankan technicians.
Both Ministers also discussed the feasibility of the Egyptian involvement in onshore and offshore exploration activities in Sri Lanka. Fowzie also extended an invitation to the Egyptian Minister to visit Sri Lanka at a mutually convenient time.