The Government of Caribbean island Bonaire has ordered Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) to move oil stored in its 10 million-barrel BOPEC oil terminal on the island to safer tanks due to environmental risks.

Bonaire’s Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) said PDVSA had not performed maintenance projects in recent years due to a lack of funding, resulting in a risk of leaks.

The agency said: “The ILT considers this unacceptable and is taking the necessary measures in order to take away risks.”

ILT said there were five tanks at the terminal filled with fuel oil, and that BOPEC reported in July that the floating roof on one tank had a leak, which could cause a spill in the event of heavy rain.

PDVSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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31st August 2020