Chad has suspended all activities of a China National Petroleum Corporation subsidiary for violations of environmental standards while drilling for crude oil in the south of the country.
Chad’s oil minister Djerassem Le Bemadjiel told state radio late on Tuesday that a decision had been taken to indefinitely suspend CNPC’s operations after a visit at the Koudalwa field about 200 km (124 miles) south of the capital.
“We found flagrant violations of environmental standards by the company … CNPC’s behavior was unacceptable,” said Le Bemadjiel.
“Not only do they not have facilities to clean spilled crude, there were also intentional spillages in order reduce costs,” the minister said.
Le Bemadjiel said China National Petroleum Corporation International Chad (CNPCIC) dug trenches and dumped crude without safeguards and then later asked local Chadian workers to remove the crude without giving them protective gear.
CNPC’s Chad subsidiary was not immediately available to comment…