This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Two killed by oil tank explosion in Peru

08 December 2017

On December 6, Petroperu reported that an explosion in a crude oil tank at Station No. 8 on the Nor Peruano Pipeline, located in the province of Jaén, Cajamarca, left two people dead. The deceased were workers employed by a maintenance contractor and a third worker suffered first and second degree burns, Petroperu said.

Stock image
Stock image

The state-owned oil company said it was investigating the cause of the blast at the 300 cubic metre tank,according to El Comercio.

The explosion follows repeated oil spills from the Petroperu pipeline, that the company has blamed on attacks by unidentified vandals.

According to a Reuters report, the Peruvian environmental regulator OEFA said another reason for the spills was poor maintenance, and fined the company US$3.5 million for "repeated and systematic failure of its environmental obligations."

The spills have sparked protests from communities living in the Amazon jungle, which the pipeline crosses for much of its course to the Pacific.

Print this page | E-mail this page