The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (MIREME) has set up a commission of inquiry to ascertain the causes of the fuel spill that occurred in the port of Beira, in Sofala province, central Portugal.
The incident occurred last Friday, January 20, when a fuel pipeline broke in the enclosure of the port of Beira, in the district of Munhava.
The population living in the surrounding areas took the opportunity to illegally take hold of the fuel, a practice which in the past has already caused several deaths.
The diesel fuel, which spread rapidly in the area, turned into a stream as men, women, teenagers and children fought to collect the diesel in their containers.
Thanks to the rapid intervention of members of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) on the spot, order was restored and the worst was avoided.
The deputy national director of Hydrocarbons and Fuels, José Muhai, told Radio Mozambique that it was a pipeline carrying fuel to Zimbabwe and everything was done to avoid environmental damage.
“The incident occurred as part of the pumping of fuel. We have, at that location, a pipeline that has a connection with the main pipeline that goes to Zimbabwe from the facilities of the Mozambique-Zimbabwe Pipeline Company (CPMZ),” explained Muhai.