Oil accidents Oil spill from a Syrian power plant extending over the entire Helsinki area spreads in the Mediterranean

The Turkish and Cypriot authorities are monitoring the possible effects of the spill in their maritime areas.

From Syria the oil spill from the power plant is spreading in the Mediterranean.

Last week, Syrian authorities said a tank containing more than 15,000 tonnes of fuel had been leaking since 23 August in the Syrian coastal city of Baniyas. According to the authorities, the leak had been brought under control.

Subsequently, it has been estimated that about 20,000 tons of oil have been spilled. Also based on satellite images, the oil spill was larger than previously thought and covered about 800 square kilometers, ie more than the area of ​​the city of Helsinki.

The leak was reported, for example, by the news agencies AFP and Reuters and CNN.

Turkey and the Cypriot authorities are monitoring possible contamination due to the spill. Potential impacts off the coasts of countries depend on sea currents.

On Wednesday afternoon, the oil rig was reported to be moving off the coast of Cyprus with the winds.

“There is no problem in our sea at the moment,” Regional Manager for Tourism and the Environment of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Serhan Aktunç said according to AFP.

Earlier on Wednesday, it was also reported that, according to satellite images from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), the oil rig moving east of Cyprus was disintegrating and dissolving.

Cyprus the east coast is managed by two different bodies. Officially, the whole of Cyprus is governed by a globally recognized, Greek-Cypriot administration of the Republic of Cyprus. However, due to the recent history of the island, the Republic of Cyprus actually controls only the southern part of the island.

The northern part of the island is the Turkish-occupied Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It has only been recognized by the Turkish administration.

For security reasons, Turkey has sent ships with 1,100 meters of sea barriers, oil scrapers, oil-absorbing pads and tanks to the area, Turkish Minister of Transport Adil Karaismailoğlu says.

“Currently, there is no pollution off the coasts of Turkey or Northern Cyprus,” Karaismailoğlu told Reuters.

Authorities in the southern part of Cyprus said they were closely monitoring the situation. They also have a ship from the EU at their disposal.

Corrigendum on 1 September at 22:17: Serhan Aktunç is an official of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, not Cyprus. In addition, the source of the leak was the Baniyas power plant, not the oil refinery. Additional information about the administrative districts of Cyprus has also been added to the story.

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