Lima, January 28, 2022. Marino Morikawa, a renowned Peruvian scientist, joins the clean-up and remediation work in the areas affected by the oil spill in Ventanilla, to support the work coordinated by Repsol.
The Peruvian scientist leads a team made up of experts in cleaning and extraction of hydrocarbons in water and soil, which has already joined the remediation work. This new specialized work group has the technical and scientific support of two international companies: ETI (Environmental Technology Inc.) and PPR Alaska (Pacific Petroleum Recovery Alaska), both with a recognized track-record and experience in this field.
Morikawa is a specialist in natural habitat restoration using biotechnology and nanotechnology principles. He completed his graduate studies (MSc and PhD) and postdoctoral studies at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. He has also obtained several recognitions and awards: he has been distinguished as one of the three best scientists in Peru by the National Council of Science, Technology, and Technological Innovation (Concytec), and has been awarded the “Esteban Campodónico” and “Carlos Ponce del Prado” prizes as an architect of nature conservation.
The new team, which reinforces Repsol’s clean-up efforts, has extensive international experience and innovative resources, such as the use of two otter model skimmers, which quickly extract the hydrocarbon in complex areas and offshore, separating it from the water with a high degree of effectiveness. The group led by Morikawa will also use the Transvac system, which facilitates this work on the beaches. Once these actions are completed, the Peruvian scientist will also participate in a subsequent stage of beach remediation and bioremediation of the maritime ecosystem.