The prolonged closure of a Repsol refinery could lead to fuel supply for commercial airlines in Peru drying up soon, warned the country’s aviation sector.

The country will be able to supply fuel only till 17 March.

As a result, with stock already depleting due to the shut-down, fuel supply could run out within a week, as per the aviation sector.

The airline operators union has requested for “urgent support” from the government to mitigate this scarcity of fuel, reported Reuters.

“As a sector we have been making various efforts in order to ensure that the supply of aviation fuel is maintained,” the union was quoted as saying.

A gigantic oil spill in the La Pampilla refinery of Spanish energy giant Repsol occurred in January this year. This led to the Peru Government halting maritime loading and unloading of crude oil.

At the time, Peru Environment Minister Ruben Ramirez was quoted as saying by Reuters that the suspension of operations would be in place unless the firm “can offer technical guarantees that another spill will not happen.”

The news agency earlier reported that the disaster spilled more than 10,000 barrels into the ocean.

Called the worst ecological disaster to hit Peru in recent years, the spill, according to Repsol, was triggered by huge waves from a volcanic eruption in Tonga. Operations resumed at the refinery last month, though for just ten days.

Quoting Peru’s prime minister Mirtha Vásquez, The Guardian said that Repsol did not apparently have a contingency plan for a spill in place.

The Pampilla refinery meets 40% of fuel supply requirements in the country, reported the news agency.

In 2017, Lima Airport Partners (LAP) reached an amendment agreement with the Government of Peru for an expansion programme at Lima Airport.