A Chinese firm has won the award to supply fuel to the international airport in Mattala and the harbour at Hambantota for the pre-commissioning of a bunkering facility and tank farm.

The winner, China Hanqui Contracting & Engineering Corporation, has just completed work on the project in Hambantota. The fuel requirements are for the pre-commissioning and testing of the facility before being handed over to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).

The move follows a recommendation to the Cabinet by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as Minister of Ports and Highways. It was only last Monday that he declared open the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport.