A serious disaster threatens Hadramout and Marib
The authenticity of documents posted by activists on Yemeni social media has been confirmed. They describe a serious calamity that threatens both life and the environment in Hadramout, as well as having disastrous impacts on the Safer oil refineries.
Follow-up / Al-Khabar Al-Yemeni:
The ship named “Splendor” has been anchored at Mukalla port for 15 days, carrying the chemical substance MTBE, which is intended to be discharged into the oil company’s tanks on the coast of Hadramout for use in the Safer refinery, according to the documents.
The Hadramout governor appointed a committee to inspect the chemical, and the results of the examination revealed that it has disastrous effects. It was utilized in the Aden refineries in 2008 and had serious repercussions for the refineries and their workers. As a result, the oil firm sued the refineries and their employees and demanded severe collective punishment.
Additionally, it was revealed in the report that this material decomposes and spills into groundwater, making it unsafe for drinking. It is also expensive and impractical to purify water that has been contaminated with this material.
Influential figures in the Ministry of Oil, the Hadramout Oil Company, the Safer Company in Marib, and the local authority in Hadramout are trying to exert pressure for the shipment to be offloaded and sent to Marib in spite of the committee’s report in order to receive their commissions from the substance.