Peru’s environmental inspector, responding to fuel supply shortages, on Saturday authorized the temporary resumption of hydrocarbon loading and unloading operations at sea at a refinery owned by Spain’s Repsol (REP.MC) which had been halted during a probe of a major oil spill. The La Pampilla refinery, the largest in Peru, supplies 40% of the Peruvian fuel market and accounts for 54% of the Andean country’s refining capacity. Operations at La Pampilla terminals off Peru’s coast can resume for 10 days under Saturday’s decision. They were suspended on Jan. 31 after a spill of more than 10,000 barrels of oil in the middle of last month. The spill was blamed in part on unusual waves caused by a volcanic eruption in far off Tonga. The Agency for Environmental Assessment and […]