Wednesday, 31st December 2014
In June 2010, the largest oil spill in Egyptian history occurred, polluting approximately 160 km of North Red Sea coastline. Known as the Jebel al-Zayt oil spill, the disaster mobilized a rapid clean-up campaign, informs University of Oxford energy expert Justin Dargin, which cleared approximately 90% of the resort-populated beaches within five days. The swiftness of response was seen as a success, however, the environmental disaster highlights the elevated risks surrounding the transport and exploration of oil in Egypt’s waters, which accordingly demands a higher level of preparedness and prevention. Egypt Oil & Gas Newspaper looks at the systems in place to protect Egypt’s waters in the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, and the Nile.