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An envoy from the Spanish government visited this Wednesday in Peru the oil refinery Spanish Repsol where there was a spill into the sea of ​​almost 12,000 barrels of crude oil, on January 15.

Secretary of State for Latin America, Juan Fernandez Wheat, met with the Peruvian vice chancellor Luis Enrique Chavez, to whom he offered cooperation to address the environmental emergency caused by the spill, and then visited the refinery located in Ventanilla, 30 km north of Lima.

“At the La Pampilla refinery in Repsol I have visited the team of international experts and I have been able to learn about the advanced technology they are using in the work to recover the spill,” the Spanish official tweeted.

The spill, described as “ecological disaster” by the Peruvian government, occurred while the Italian-flagged tanker “Mare Doricum” was unloading at the refinery. Repsol attributed the event to the agitation of the sea due to volcanic eruption and Tonga.

The black oil stain was dragged by sea currents to the north up to 140 km from the refinery, according to the prosecution, causing the death of an undetermined number of fish, birds and marine mammals. In addition, it left hundreds of artisanal fishermen unable to work.

“Accompanied by the director of Repsol in Peru (Jaime Fernández-Cuesta), I have traveled the coastline affected by the spill. We regret the consequences for the ecosystem and we stand in solidarity with those affected. Now the priority is to advance the work to restore normality as soon as possible. possible,” added Fernández Trigo.

Fernández-Cuesta, who is Spanish, is one of the four managers of the refinery that the Peruvian justice barred from leaving the country for 18 months while the spill investigations progress. The other three are Peruvian.

The Peruvian Foreign Ministry said that the envoy “expressed Spain’s solidarity with Peru for the environmental emergency occurred in Ventanilla (…) and offered cooperation to deal with the crisis based on its experience in the matter”.

Peru ordered Repsol on Monday to halt the loading and unloading of hydrocarbons on ships in the country, a measure described by the company as “disproportionate and unreasonable”, since it can cause fuel shortage in the domestic market.

In addition, the Peruvian justice ordered the “seizure” of the tanker involved in the spill, which remains anchored six miles from the port of Callao, adjacent to Lima.

Hundreds of brigade members are working to clean beaches affected by the spill. Among them, there are staff hired by Repsol, military and volunteers.

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