The president of Repsol in Peru, Jaime Fernández-Cuesta, affirmed this Sunday that the Spanish company is doing “everything possible” to remedy the environmental damage caused by the spill of 6,000 barrels of crude oil on the central coast, attributed to the waves caused by the volcanic eruption in Tonga.
“We are doing everything possible, without sparing any expense, to remedy this entire disaster as soon as possible,” Fernandez-Cuesta told the Sunday program Punto Final on Latina television.
The executive insisted that “anomalous waves” occurred at the time that the Italian-flagged ship “Mare Doricum” unloaded crude oil at the La Pampilla Refinery, and pointed out that this caused the oil spill on the coast of the Ventanilla district, in the province of Callao.
He indicated that the company’s position is based on a report by an international scientific organization belonging to the United Nations.
“We were not aware of the magnitude of this event until hydrocarbons reached the beaches,” he said.
“Until the next day, at two in the afternoon, perhaps we were not aware of the magnitude of this event. We had not detected hydrocarbons in the sea,” he added.
Peru on Wednesday demanded that Repsol “compensate” for the damage caused by the spill of 6,000 barrels of crude oil. The government gave the company a 10-day timeline to complete all cleanup and decontamination actions.
“We are convinced (that) there is a serious responsibility of the Repsol company,” said chief of staff Mirtha Vásquez.
The spill occurred on Saturday, January 15, during the unloading process of the “Mare Doricum”, whose departure from the port was prohibited by the Peruvian government unless a bail letter of about 39 million dollars is presented, or until the investigations are completed. about the spill.
The sea currents expanded the crude oil along the coast to more than 40 kilometers from the refinery, affecting 21 beaches, according to the Ministry of Health, which recommended that the population not go to those sites that are classified as “unhealthy”. .
The Ministry of the Environment confirmed on Sunday in a new balance that more than 180 hectares (equivalent to about 270 soccer fields) were affected in the strip of beaches and 713 of surface in the sea.