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Repsol responds to competition from Peru and calls its claims “baseless”.

On January 15, an oil spill from the La Pampilla oil refinery in the Lima province of Callao in the north of the country occurred on the coast of Peru. Now, four months later, the National Institute for the Protection of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi) of Peru says it has filed a lawsuit against the oil company. This complaint for $4,500 million, about €4,322 million in exchange, was described by Repsol as “unreasonable, inappropriate and inconsistent“.

“It’s unreasonable, inappropriate and inappropriate because does not eliminate the cause of the spillneither the clean-up and recovery (long-term recovery) work already completed by Repsol, nor the victim care channels,” the Spanish oil company said in a statement. The company added that it assessed the measures as “lack of the slightest foundation” and stressed that after the accident, “it has placed all means at its disposal to contain, clean up and restore the coastline, help local communities, and save and care for the affected fauna.”

Indecopi reported on Thursday about $3,000 million lawsuit filed for damage caused by the spill and another 1,500 million for non-pecuniary damage to consumers, users and victims, a figure to be determined by the judge at the time of the decision. The institution assured that the oil spill (approximately 11,000 barrels) affected 700,000 inhabitants and that it has led to the closure of dozens of beaches, shops, restaurants and tourist services during the summer season, as well as affecting fishermen.

“The prejudices and moral damage suffered by the population of this area are protected by the rulings of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights,” said Indecopi director Julián Palacín, recalling that this is the first time in Peru that civil liability to an international oil company in defense of the interests of the population. Repsol oil spill occurred on January 15 at an oil refinery in La Pampilla.located in the municipality of Ventanilla, about 20 kilometers from Lima, and has been designated by the UN “as the worst environmental disaster in the history of the country.”

According to the company, the causes of the spill, which are still being investigated, are associated with “uncontrolled movement of the Mare Doricum vessel at the time of unloading oil, which led to the rupture of an underwater structure.” In a statement, the company He indicated that he had attracted over 2,900 workers for the cleanup.deployed up to 11,000 meters of protective booms and had 144 pieces of heavy equipment, almost 90 boats and 68 skimmers (offshore treatment equipment).

“As a result of this extensive human and technical deployment, based on the best international standards, on April 13, Repsol informed the competent authorities of Peru that the first response in 28 areas north of Lima was completed, declaring them clean. waiting for approval from the authorities“, he added. He also recalled that he provided the population affected by the spill with an emergency economic assistance mechanism that covered more than 4,600 people, in addition to the agreement signed with the government of Peru to deliver the advance payment of the final compensation Register of affected people, which to date amounted to more than 29 million salts. (about 7.6 million dollars). “The global amount of these items will be about US$150 million,” the company explained.


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