Second coastal oil spill reported

Another oil spilled has occurred less than four months after the largest oil spill in the history of the TRNC, when about 100 tons of diesel were discharged into the sea at Kalecik while offloading fuel to the privately owned AKSA power station.

Yesterday another oil spill happened, albeit of lesser magnitude. This time the event took place at Teknecik power generating plant in Esentepe while offloading diesel from a supply ship. A fault in the transfer pipe is suspected.

The oil spill has spread one kilometre from the plant towards Alagadi beach.

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency and Coast guard crews were taking samples for analysis. Staff from the power plant immediately took action and set up a barrier around the spill. Cleaning operations also started yesterday and it is hoped that the spill will be cleared up in the next few days.

Alagadi Beach is a nesting site for the Green and Loggerhead turtles, both of which are endangered species.

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