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Repsol completes first response clean-up actions

By April 18, 2022July 11th, 2022Committed to remediation
  • The company has sent documentation about 28 beaches to the authorities for evaluation.

Lima, April 18, 2022. Repsol last Wednesday, April 13, reported to the Peruvian authorities that it has completed the first response actions in 28 identified beaches. This means that they have been declared clean and ready for monitoring and acceptance by the authorities.

This is the result of the containment, recovery, and clean-up actions that the company has carried out along the entire coastline, in compliance with the schedule submitted to the Peruvian authorities, with the support of a team of internationally recognized companies and experts who have accompanied us throughout the process.

The work was carried out using the SCAT methodology, an international coastal assessment technique that seeks to determine the best clean-up practices for each site, taking into account the characteristics of the terrain and safeguarding the identified environment.

It is also important to point out that the company has conducted an in-depth analysis of the soil, water, and sea bed in the entire area identified as affected by the spill. The results have been submitted to the competent authorities. This sampling has been carried out in compliance with the guidelines and directives issued by the authorities and has been analyzed by independent laboratories accredited for this purpose.

In the more than 1,400 physicochemical samplings carried out along the coast, the results are considered suitable in accordance with the values determined by Peruvian legislation and the highest international standards. There were 759 soil samples, 206 sediment (seabed) samples, and 444 water samples. The areas sampled include the shore (intertidal), the sea surface (subtidal), and beaches (soils). Offshore we have sampled at different depth levels, going down to approximately 50 meters depth.

We are currently awaiting the assessment of the results by the authorities. The hydrobiological analysis of the area is still pending authorization from the competent authorities. The completion of this analysis will determine when fishing activity can be reactivated.

In areas that are difficult to access, such as the Pasamayo Serpentín area, made up of cliffs, narrow coastal strips, and rocky crags where there is a high risk, from an operational and personnel safety perspective, permanent monitoring and surveillance is maintained from the sea to recover the small amounts of product that could be released by the natural action of waves and tides.

The company reiterates its commitment to the restoration of the Peruvian coastline, making every effort necessary to do so.