According to statistics of the Oleoducto Norperuano, 60% of the incidents related to oil spills in Petroperú have been caused by third parties.
The Congress’ research commission for the oil spills of the Oleoducto Norperuano (ONP) has concluded that the main reason for their occurrence is a lack of maintenance from Petroperú, its owner.
César Villanueva, President of this commission, also adds that the principal beneficiary from the spills was a group of hired companies to remedy the accidents, who also didn’t have enough experience and training in the matter.
Villanueva also said to La República that the allegations of attacks done to Petroperú, that presumably led to the pipeline spills, have not been proven to this date. “There is not enough proof to determine the responsibilities”, he explained.
So, Petroperú strikes back saying that during the last 40 years, the Oleoducto Norperuano has suffered from 105 incidents: 66 caused by third parties; 25 because of geological faults; 10 because of corrosion in the duct; one for overpressure; two for effort under low tension; and one because of sudden abrasion.
“There is a sense that the ONP hasn’t received proper maintenance and that things have been handled irresponsibly”, Luis García Rossell, President of Petroperú said to La República. “I stick to the statistics, and around 60% of the incidents that have taken place in the Oleoducto’s history have been caused by third parties”, he added.
García Rossell also said that they will defend themselves against the accusations and that they will hold a very strong position with what they sustain has happened.
(Cover Photo Wikimedia Commons)
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