It said that the expert, Dr. Clifford Bennet of Minton, Treharne & Davies (S) Pte. Ltd. has been sent here ``to assist in establishing the cause of the contamination, its source and, most importantly, how to avoid such incidents recurring.’’
``Dr. Bennet is currently in Sri Lanka but, regrettably, has not been given the opportunity to participate in the investigation,’’ Vitol’s notice said.
The supplier ``strongly’’ refuted the allegation that the diesel it supplied caused the reported incidents as well as various allegations made about its reinstatement as a registered supplier of CPC following its suspension in 2009.
``CPC is a longstanding and greatly valued customer of the Vitol Group and the Vitol Group has gone to great lengths to support CPC. This support has included providing extended credit terms when all CPC’s other suppliers refused to do so and assisting CPC with emergency product supplies,’’ the notice said.
Vitol said it looked forward to the prompt resolution of the present situation and expressed confidence that the group will be fully exonerated.
(See Business Page VIII for the full text of the public notice)