CHAD SUSPENDS WORK BY CHINESE OIL FIRM

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N’DJAMENA: Chad has suspended all work by the local unit of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) for allegedly violating environmental law, Oil Minister Djerassem Bemadjiele said in a letter seen by Agence France-Presse on Friday. The ministerial letter accused CNPC’s Chadian subsidiary of systematically carrying out polluting practices banned by both Chadian and international legislation, and said that all of the company’s exploration and drilling activities were to have been suspended as of May 21. Chad suspended CNPC activities over similar concerns in August 2013, lifting the ban weeks later, but this time the government in N’Djamena demanded that the Chinese giant pay $1.2 billion in damages for “a serious violation of regulations on the protection of the environment.”

AFP

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