Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of assistance will you provide to fishermen and businesses in the affected areas?

Repsol’s commitment is to support all the people who are suffering the consequences of the spill until the beaches and the sea are suitable for the development of their various productive activities. For this reason, company representatives are in constant dialogue with the local communities to inform them of the progress made and to attend to their needs.

Since January, Repsol has been providing basic necessities support through vouchers and payment cards of S/500. On March 4, we signed an agreement with the Peruvian government whereby those affected by the spill, who have been duly identified through the census carried out by INDECI, will receive a partial compensation advance to mitigate the impact on their labor income. These compensation advances of S/3,000 have already started to be paid out, and the company is working to ensure that they reach all those affected.

What do affected fishermen and businesses have to do to collect the compensation advance?

All affected parties included in the common census must voluntarily sign individual certificates to receive their compensation advance of S/3,000. The individual certificates can be signed through the sectoral associations to which they belong or by going to the spaces that will be set up for this purpose in coordination with the local governments. Once the information in the report has been verified, those affected will receive the deposit of S/3,000 soles as a compensation advance within 7 working days.

If an affected person is not included in the common census prepared by INDECI, he/she should report his/her case to the Civil Defense office of his/her municipality so that they can evaluate his/her case.

The common census can be consulted in the web https://www.gob.pe/padronafectados

Will the aid to those affected be only short term?

Repsol’s commitment is long term and will continue with the dialogue with all affected groups and in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

We will focus on the development of medium- and long-term productive projects and diversification workshops for the long-term productive sectors.

What equipment do you use to clean up affected areas?

We apply a wide variety of techniques that vary according to the progress of the clean-up operation and that respond to the best international techniques. 

We follow the SCAT methodology in the clean-up work. This is an international coastline assessment technique that seeks to determine the best clean-up practices for each site based on the characteristics of the terrain.  

We have several units of heavy machinery that initially removed the large accumulations of oil and skimmers (marine cleaning equipment). In addition, large and small vessels, floating tanks, and several thousand meters of containment barriers, installed between the Cavero and Faro Chancay beaches. We have also used satellite imagery and artificial intelligence to detect new affected areas and effectively plan clean-up and remediation efforts. Different tools have also been used along the shore, such as absorption pompons, and on the rocks absorbents and low-pressure water jets have been used.

What innovations are being used in the clean-up?

Among the tools used for the clean-up work, we have the Otter type skimmer used by the environmental specialist Marino Morikawa, which helps us carry out work at sea in areas of difficult access, such as Pasamayo. We also use the Bow Collector type skimmer, a technology that allows us to collect hydrocarbon slicks quickly and effectively.  

We also use a mobile system that allows our entire team of supervisors to take photographs that are immediately geolocated and sent to the control center from where we coordinate all the clean-up operations.

How do you monitor all the progress you make?

We have an Emergency Control Center where we coordinate and monitor the progress of the clean-up through a platform that uses the most advanced artificial intelligence and data analytics techniques in the world to address this situation. In addition, we work hand in hand with national and international organizations and professionals specialized in spill containment and clean-up, to continue carrying out our work effectively. 

Once the clean-up work has been completed, more than 1,400 water, soil, and sediment samples have been taken to monitor the results achieved and take appropriate action if necessary.

What specialists are accompanying you in these clean-up and remediation actions?

We have formed a team with national and international advisors, among them we highlight Marino Morikawa, a Peruvian scientist; ERM (Environmental Resources Management) for advice and control of the emergency; and Aiuká Consultoría Ambiental, an internationally recognized company for the rescue of marine fauna in oil accidents. 

During the entire clean-up operation a first class team has been in place, with 56 companies of international prestige in the field of hydrocarbon spills and remediation.

How many people are involved in the beach clean-up?

We are putting all our efforts into the clean-up, that is why more people are joining daily to work in the cleanup activities of the Peruvian sea and coastline. Depending on the product spilled, the surface and the density of the terrain, there is an adequate number of people per area to avoid a greater impact on the land. 

At the peak of the work, more than 2,900 people were, working in the clean-up work. 

What activities do you develop for the care and protection of the rescued fauna?

We receive specialized advice from experts and are in constant coordination with the authorities for the provision of resources and protection of the affected fauna. In addition, we receive the advice of Aiuká Consultoría Ambiental, recognized for the rescue of marine fauna. With the advice of this consulting firm, a 1,200 m2 wildlife rescue center was set up for the care and rehabilitation of animals in vulnerable conditions.

Do you have a Contingency Plan for these situations?

In order to operate, it is mandatory to have Contingency Plans for any incident that may occur, plans that have the approval of all the competent authorities. That is why, when the accident occurred, we immediately activated the plan for spills at sea, blocking the affected lines and stopping the activity of the terminal.