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ANPG is going to inspect operator facilities to prevent spills

The National Petroleum and Gas Agency (ANPG), together with the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum, will carry out an inspection to assess the state of integrity of oil installations and avoid constant problems of spills and fires.

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The information was provided by the Chairman of ANPG's Board of Directors, Paulino Jerónimo, when he took stock of one year of the agency's activities, celebrated on Thursday.

According to Paulino Jerónimo, the country seeks to guarantee the best standards of health, safety and environment adopted internationally, thus promoting the sustainability of the oil sector.

"We are working at this time in the elaboration of processes related to health, safety and environment, we have been in permanent contact with the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum and the Ministry of Environment in order to work together to ensure compliance with the best practices for the industry", he said.

According to the head of the concessionaire, the state of the oil installations in the country has been assessed periodically, but in recent years there have been "some serious problems", as was the case with Block 2.

"In which we have had about three fires in the last four, five years and there has also been a constant complaint from the Ministry of Environment regarding the spills," he said.

"In such a way, that we are going to go together with the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum to make an inspection, to assess the state of integrity of the oil installations," he added.

In turn, the administrator of ANPG, Natacha Massano, said that they are facilities that have been producing for a long time and some problems existing today of small spills, in the order of a barrel of oil per day, is due to the aging of the facilities.

Natacha Massano said that the companies have been responsible and have created the conditions to minimize the impact of these spills in the affected areas.

Last Monday, the Environment Ministry announced that it is investigating the causes and damages of an oil spill in the Soyo Sea, Zaire province.

In Friday's edition, Jornal de Angola reported that 100 fishermen were affected by the spill, registered on Saturday in Soyo municipality, having hit the beaches of Quinfuquena and Tómbe, leaving them without their means of work.

The oil spill stains hit the nets, hooks and other materials, according to reports from some fishermen operating in the affected area, where around 19 fishermen's associations are active.

Technicians from the Ministry of the Environment worked on Wednesday along about 60 miles of the Soyo maritime coast, near Blocks 2 and 3, where they collected samples for physical-chemical and biological analyses, in order to find out the causes of the spill.