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Post of Director General


Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development       

Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat

Post of Director General of Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat (Contract Basis)

The Government of Sri Lanka is looking for a dynamic, experienced Sri Lankan Citizen to be appointed as Director General of Petroleum Resources who will head the Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat, Sri Lanka.

Job Description :

Director General of Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat will be required:

  • To be responsible for all technical, financial, legal and management aspects concerning petroleum exploration and exploitation;
  • To liaise with international oil companies in negotiating Production Sharing Contracts and other related matters;
  • To team up with international Petroleum Resources Development Experts in mapping out petroleum resources exploration programmes, bidding documents and evaluation procedures, field development and operations;
  • To work out procedures and programmes to ensure highest possible value from petroleum resources to the economy through sound management and protection of the environment.


The applicant should;

  • Have a Degree in Physical Science or Engineering from a recognized University with specialization (either professionally or through postgraduate qualification) in at least one of the following fields:

Petroleum Geology

Exploration Geophysics

Petroleum Engineering

Reservoir Engineering

Drilling & Production Engineering

Petroleum Economics


  • Have 15 years or more experience in oil exploration activities, preferably with international exposure, including a minimum of 05 years experience in offshore operations.
  • Be computer literate in operating Application Software related to office and project management.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Have qualifications and/or experience in Administration and Project Management at a senior level. Experience in international negotiations will be an added advantage.
  • Be below 60 years of age as at 01st September 2017

Terms & Conditions:

  • Fixed term contract for 03 years with the possibility of extension based on performance.
  • Salary: Negotiable and commensurate with experience.
  • A vehicle including driver will be provided with a fixed monthly fuel allowance. 

Method of Selection:

Short listed candidates only will be invited for an interview.


Applications should submit their full Curriculum Vitae, giving full name, private and official address, contact telephone numbers and email address, educational and professional qualifications, work experience, past service record, expected salary and other relevant personal data under registered cover to reach Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development, 80, Sir Ernest de Silva Mawatha, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka or via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 18th September 2017 Please write “Post of Director General of Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat” on the top left hand corner of the envelope, and type same as the subject title in case of online submission.

Applicants already in service in Government Institutions in Sri Lanka should forward their applications through the respective Heads of Institutions.


Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development

80, Sir Ernest de Silva Mawatha

Colombo – 07

Sri Lanka.




Hon.Minister Arjuna Ranathunga is expecting to introduce “Piya-Puthu Padanama” for employment in CPC. He made this remarks while taking part in the annual programme of offering scholarships for the students of employees of CPC, which was held in the Auditorium of Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development, today. He offered 17 scholarships for the students who are to be enrolled in Universities for the year of 2016-2017. “Being a good citizen is the best gift which children are able to give for their parents” Minister said.

“Proficient students can only be able to enroll in to universities. On the other hand, you should be fortunate. Apart from that, there are students who are spending around 7 or 8 years in the universities. You should achieve your rights by following fixed procedures, but you shouldn’t allow others to control yourselves. If you do so, you’ll be empty handed when you leave the university. We need educated children. We will be able to give opportunities for higher studies in CPC. As a father, I’m satisfied because of my children. You can give that satisfaction for your parents, too. When you come to decision making, if you begin from your parents you’ll never follow the wrong path” Minister further added. 

Since 1982, CPC has been held this scholarship pragramme which reward Rs.5000 for each scholarship holder per mensum. Secretary Mr. Upali Marasinghe said that he’s grateful to CPC administration for organizing this programme for welfare of CPC workers. “This is a meritorious deed. We had to face difficulties when we were learning, which with assistance of others it made us relieved. Creation of a country depends on the behavior of people. Even though Malaysia, Singapore, Korea have achieved a huge victory now, those were poor countries then. People were behind this huge victory. They built human lives while building physical resources. We are capable of doing this. We require people who work without any consideration of time” Secretary added further. Honourable guests including Chairman of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Mr. Dammika Ranathunga took part in this function.     

Secretary Assumes Duty

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Newly appointed Secretary to the Ministry of Petroleum Resource Development Mr. Upali Marasinghe assumed duties recently at the ministry in the presence of Hon. Minister Arjuna Ranatunghe.

Deputy Minister Anoma Gamage was also present on this occasion.

Mr. Marasinghe, a Lawyer of Supreme Court is a science graduate of the University of Kelaniya. He also holds a MA from the University of Sri Jayawardanepura.

He has held many positions in several ministries including educations and plantation. He also has written many research based books on productivity.



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M2 block tender, licensing plans

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M2 block tender, licensing plans


The Sri Lankan government is inviting expressions of interest for partners to undertake the appraisal + development of gas discoveries and prospects in the 2,924-sq km offshore (ex-Cairn SL 2007-01-001, aka block 2) block M2, Mannar Basin. The block will be offered for licensing this year, including the Barracuda and Dorado gas-condensate discoveries. A data package will be available containing well data and some 2,600 sq km of 3D seismic coverage.

The remainder of Sri Lankan acreage will be released in a bid round in 4Q ’17. WesternGeco is planning 2D and 3D spec seismic ahead of this off the East coast and in the Mannar Basin. Some airborne FTG/mag surveying is also planned. Govt officials will be available for private meetings in Houston (5-9 Mar ’17) and London 13-14 Mar ’17), and the Sri Lankan plans will also be discussed at CERAWeek on 7 March.

Expressions of interest to be emailed to the Director General of the PRDS, Saliya Wickramasuriya, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . PRDS map extract below, M2 in yellow. 


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Institutions Under The Purview of Ministry

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC)

cpcCPC is carrying out all the commercial activities related to importing, refining, blending storing, distributing and retailing of petroleum products (downstream petroleum industry)


Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited (CPSTL)

cpstlCPSTL is responsible for storage and distribution of Petroleum Products.



Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat

To ensure that all Sri Lankans benefit from the petroleum resources of the country by managing the industry in an equitable, safe and environmentally sustainable manner