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Repsol reports progress in sea and coastline cleanup

By February 7, 2022February 24th, 2022Committed to remediation

In this video, Repsol, again, informs about the progress in the cleanup works that are being deployed after the spill of last January 15.

In the last few days, more than 1,600 meters of absorbent pompoms have been installed on rocks, cliffs, and near the shore. The objective is to prevent the tide and the wind from making the sand dirty again on beaches that are already clean.

After several days without detecting oil stains in the sea, some vessels, heavy machinery, and containment barriers have begun to be retired, and after a controlled cleaning process – supervised by the authorities – they will be kept as a reserve and ready to be mobilized if the situation should require it.

This week we are entering the final stage of the beach cleanup. There is little oil left to be removed, and it is basically accumulated in some rocky areas that are difficult to access.

In this new phase, characterized by more meticulous work, the efforts of experts such as Edward Owens, world-renowned for his work in this type of situations and hired by Repsol, is crucial. Dr. Owens applies the SCAT methodology, an international shoreline assessment technique that seeks to determine the best practices based on the characteristics of the terrain. The objective is to remove 100% of the hydrocarbon residue and set the limits for the cleanup stage.

The operative organized by Repsol is made up of 56 companies and top-level professionals of 17 nationalities. The company is allocating all the necessary resources for the cleanup and remediation of the areas affected by the spill, the support to the communities, and the rescue of wildlife.

Among the contracted companies are Lamor, Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Aiuká, and the Peruvian scientist Marino Morikawa, specialized in the recovery of natural areas.

Repsol has more than 2,500 people on the ground working to clean up the sea and the beaches. And as José Reyes, senior manager of Safety, Quality, and Environment, concludes in this video:

“We would like to thank our workers, volunteers, and the Peruvian Armed Forces for all the support we are receiving in the recovery of the ecosystem”. A chemical engineer who has worked for more than 12 years at the La Pampilla refinery, Reyes stands out for his experience in the sector and has extensive knowledge of all the processes related to crude oil in its logistics chain.

Repsol will continue to share all the news through different channels, including the website and the company’s social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIN and YouTube.