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Workers clean the beach near Repsol's La Pampilla refinery after the recent oil spill that has caused an ecological disaster on the coast of Lima, in Ventanilla, Peru January 29, 2022. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Angela Ponce
Peru Authorizes Temporary Restart Repsol Refinery After Oil Spill
LIMA, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Peru’s environmental inspector, responding to fuel supply shortages, on Saturday authorized temporary resumption of hydrocarbon loading and unloading operations at sea at a refinery owned by Spain’s Repsol which had been halted during a probe of a major oil spill.
The Agency for Environmental Assessment and Control (OEFA) said the approval was only a temporary restart and did not mean “administrative measures” to halt loading activities at the terminals were being fully lifted.
On Friday, the embassies in Peru of the Netherlands and France said they were “concerned” about fuel supply shortages hitting flights between Peru and Europe, adding Repsol supplies 70% of the fuel for the local commercial aviation industry.
On Thursday, the government said Peru could face fuel shortages due to the ban on loading and unloading at the plant, a move which Repsol has called “disproportionate.”
Repsol, facing a major backlash over the spill, has said it will finish cleaning up the oil in the sea and on the coast by the end of March. Peruvian prosecutors are weighing criminal charges against executives and the government is evaluating requests for compensation for damages.
Reporting by Marco Aquino; Editing by Adam Jourdan and David Gregorio
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