Angolan oil sector to have environmental monitoring

3 January 2014

The Angolan Environment Industry plans, between 2013 and 2017, to implement an environmental monitoring plan for the oil, gas and petrochemical sector according to a document cited by Angolan news agency Angop.

According to the document, with this plan the ministry hopes better to monitor prospecting and exploration by oil companies, for potential oil spills.

“For the period under consideration, the Environment Ministry wants to contribute better to the sustainability of oil production in Angola and other activities related to exploration of natural resources,” the document said.

In 2013 there were 20 oil spills in Angola.

The National Committee for Oil Spills is intended to manage, remove and eliminate oil spills both at sea and onshore.

In 2013 Italian oil company ENI had to pay the Angolan state US$3.5 million in compensation for an oil spill. (macauhub)