From Repsol, we regret not having adequately conveyed all our commitments and actions taken to address the impact generated by the oil spill in Ventanilla.
We would especially like to convey our solidarity with all the people and populations impacted and express our special concern for the natural environments and marine species affected.
As is well known, the oil spill was caused by a maritime phenomenon unforeseeable by the company as a result of the volcanic eruption in Tonga. Throughout the duration of the current situation, the company will rely on the advice of technical experts in the field and will provide all the necessary resources.
We would also like to inform that, since the accident occurred, our contingency plan has been activated and we have deployed a series of actions that include:
1. Closing the valves, which allowed us to stop the pumping operation.
2. Assigning a team of divers to explore the underwater damage.
3. Constant monitoring, by air, sea and land, to evaluate the impact generated after the event.
4. At sea, more than 2,500 meters of containment barriers have been deployed to cover the areas detected so far.
5. Ten boats with brigades of 50 people have been assigned to recover the spilled product with the corresponding materials and machinery (skimmers and special absorbent material).
6. Over the course of the day we will have more than 700 people working on land, divided into crews, who are carrying out remediation work on the Cavero, Bahía Blanca, Santa Rosa and Ancón beaches.
7. We are coordinating with SERFOR (National Forestry and Wildlife Service) for the provision of resources to protect the affected fauna.
8. Constant alert and communication with the competent authorities such as the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Ministry of Production, Port Authority (Dicapi), OEFA, among others.
Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to the various social groups that have been making efforts to clean up part of the affected areas, as well as to the authorities, with whom we have been in constant coordination and communication from the very beginning.
Repsol ratifies its commitment to continue mitigating and remediating the effects of the spill, as well as to work with the authorities, the fishing community and to respond more effectively to the public with transparency.
Lima, January 20, 2022