Oil spill spotted in Ras Gharib being examined
Oil slick spotted in Red Sea’s Ras Gharib

CAIRO: A oil spill spotted in Ras Gharib city along the Red Sea will be examined to determine the source of the leakage, announced the Environment Ministry in a Wednesday statement.

The slick of oil, which has reached the beach, is estimated at 700 meters in length and 3 meters in width.

The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) has made aerial and navy scan; works to remove the leakage are underway.

Ras Gharib city has witnessed similar oil contamination incidents several times, most recently last week, where an oil slick was spotted near the EGPC’s refineries.

In mid-February, a 6,000-meter slick from an EGPC refinery was observed along Ras Gharib beach, and another slick of 1.5 and 2 square kilometers was caused by a spill from the GPC along the same beach in December 2015. In June 2015, an oil spillage of about 500 meters in circumference has been spotted in the Red Sea’s northernmost city of Ras Gharib.

A diesel spill has been spotted in the Nile River facing the Cairo-based Kasr el-Einy Hospital in January; it measured 500 meters of length and 30 meters of width. In August, some 13 drinking water stations in Upper Egypt’s governorates of Asyut and Minya were briefly closed after diesel spill caused by a dilapidated steam power plant.

In April 2015, a 500-ton Nile carrier ship with a load of phosphate sank in Qena after crashing into a pillar on the Dandara Bridge.

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