An oil spill reported at the Fairfax harbor, Port Moresby, may prove bad for business, especially for Koki Fish Market and Manu Fish Market.
There are growing fears among Port Moresby residents that the oil has contaminated the marine life within the area.
Word from a source within the Puma Napa Napa Refinery has it that an underwater pipe leading to Kanudi broke causing the spillage.
It has been estimated to have spread by a kilometre in area this afternoon, and is expected to spread further.
No official statements have been released, at the time of this article being published.
Updated: May 1
A Puma Energy spokesperson has since replied to this news coverage:
“An oil spill into Port Moresby’s Fairfax Harbour has been contained, with experts progressively cleaning the spill up.
“The spill was caused by a rupture in a subsea hose connected to a pipeline feeding Puma Energy’s Kanudi Terminal facility in Port Moresby.
“Puma Energy, with the help of Pacific Projects Logistics and other experts, has been actively containing and cleaning the area since the spill occurred this morning. We have contacted all relevant authorities to advise them of the spill.
“Our priority is to ensure the spill is fully contained and cleaned up. Puma Energy will then conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the rupture and how we can ensure it never occurs again.”