Chad Suspends China Firm CNPC Over Oil Spill

From BBC

Chad has suspended all operations of a Chinese state-run oil firm for causing environmental damage, Chad’s oil minister has told the BBC.

Djerassem Le Bemadjiel said the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) was to blame for an oil spill in several sites near a forest.

He said the situation was “intolerable” but did not make it clear how long the suspension would last.

The company also runs an oil refinery in the capital, N’Djamena.

Chad became an oil-producing nation in 2003 with the completion of a $4bn (£2.6bn) pipeline linking its oilfields to terminals on the Atlantic coast.

‘Very serious’

The oil minister took the decision after officials visited Koudalwa, some 200km (125 miles) south of N’Djamena, where CNPC was exploring for oil, the AFP news agency reports.

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