Chevron Probes Spill in Angola's Cabinda Area After Oil Washes Up on Beach

Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. oil company, said it’s investigating an oil spill in Angola, which vies with Nigeria as Africa’s top oil producer.

The size and source of the leak are unknown, Chevron said today in a statement. Oil washed up on a beach in the region of Cabinda where Chevron’s local unit, the Cabinda Gulf Oil Co., is the operator of two concessions with partners including Total SA of France, Italy’s Eni SpA and Angola’s state oil company Sonangol.

“The origin of the material is not identified, but the Cabinda Gulf Oil Co. immediately enacted its response plan for spills in order to minimize the environmental impact,” Chevron said. “The company reaffirms that the origin of the substance is unknown.”

The Chevron unit pumped about 500,000 barrels a day off the coast of Cabinda last year, compared with Angola’s daily production of 1.8 million barrels. Cabinda is an exclave of Angola, separated from the rest of the country by a sliver of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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