A week ago, the president of Repsol in Peru, Jaime Fernández-Cuesta, announced before Congress that on Monday the 14th the submarine infrastructure for loading and unloading hydrocarbons (PLEM) would be extracted and handed over to experts to determine the cause of oil spill in the sea of Window. But it didn’t happen that way.
On Friday at a press conference, the manager of Safety, Quality and Environment of the refinery The Pampilla, José Reyes recognized that the PLEM continued in the same place as always.
”We want to guarantee that the withdrawal of the PLEM is done safely and that is what we are working hard on. We want to make sure that no remnants of the product (petroleum) are inside this piece and that when hoisting it there is no type of affectation to the environment”, he specified. Kings.
What the official said was something completely different from what Fernández-Cuesta had told the congressmen of the Commission of Andean, Amazonian and Afro-Peruvian Peoples, Environment and Ecology.
“This is taking us time in coordination with experts to define the best strategy and technique for hoisting (of the PLEM). We are maintaining coordination with Osinergmin, with the National Port Authority and the Captaincy of the Port of Callao”, he said. Kings.
However, before the extraction of the PLEM, Repsol anticipated the origin of the oil spill, attributing it to an Italian “vessel movement” Mare Doricum, which supposedly caused the rupture of the discharge hoses of the raw. Even the Spanish company announced legal action against the company that owns the boat, blaming it for the disaster.
However, the Specialized Environmental Prosecutor’s Office, the Supervisory Body for Investment in Energy and Mining (Osinergmin) and the Environmental Assessment and Control Body (OEFA) reported that it is not possible to advance a conclusion about what caused the spill until the PLEM expert opinion is produced.
The metal infrastructure is 18 meters deep, and to raise it to the surface First, it is necessary to remove the remaining crude oil in the hoses, which Repsol calculated at 2,200 barrels.
The Spanish company, owner of the La Pampilla refinery, has not given a new date for the withdrawal of the PLEM, while it continues to blame the oil spill to the ship Mare Doricum.
Meanwhile, the president of Repsol in the country, Jaime Fernández-Cuesta, announced that he had advanced 79% in the coastal cleanup schedule, and that by the end of the month he expected to deliver all the easily accessible beaches completely free of stains of raw. He also reported that only 2% of the volume of crude oil that spilled into the environment on January 15 remained to be removed.
The tall official reported that he had hired a company that tracks the work to eradicate the spilled crude oil. He stated that as of February 15, 97.9% of the raw at sea and on land, and pointed out that there would be no residue at the bottom of the sea.
The report uses a methodology that includes analysis of the type of product spilled, local sea conditions and behavior in other spills in the world, he explained.
”The cleaning of the sea and the coast is already 79% complete. This does not mean that the stage of cleaning we are going. The commitment we have with the Peruvian coast and affected communities is long-term. After the cleaning stage we will enter the studios environmental necessary to carry out the necessary rehabilitation work to leave the ecosystem in its natural state”, said the Chairman of Repsol.
During the rehabilitation phase, the evaluation of the environmental and social impacts in the areas affected by the spill will continue. In this new stage, soil, water and sediment samples will be collected to compare them with the country’s quality standards.
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about the difference in the amounts of spilled oil reported by Repsol (10,400 barrels) and that calculated by the Ministry of the Environment (11,900 barrels), Fernandez-Cuesta He pointed out that his company confirms the figure he reported.
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This week, the Spanish company Repsol paid S/ 500 thousand of a total of three fines imposed by the Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement (OEFA) for not meeting the deadlines to face the cleaning of the sea and the coast contaminated by oil, informed the president of the company, Jaime Fernández-Cuesta.