A laboratory analysis by the Ministry of Mining on suspected crude oil deposits in Limbe has revealed that there is no oil in the area.
The analysis follows claims of the discovery of crude oil in Limbe by some vendors in the area.
Secretary for Mining, Joseph Mkandawire, said Tuesday that in pursuit of its mandate, the Ministry of Mining, through its Departments of Geological Survey and Mines, sent a technical team of experts to the alleged site to conduct detailed geological investigations and collect samples for laboratory analyses to establish the truth on the alleged natural petroleum phenomenon.
“Field investigations and sample analytical results on the alleged oil occurrence in Limbe reveals that the substance was a refined petroleum product, specifically, diesel.
“This provides sufficient evidence that some form of anthropogenic disposal of diesel took place in the area. As to when and who did this is beyond this analysis. Members of the general public are therefore advised to desist from using un analysed spillage to avoid accidents,” Mkandawire said.
The area of the alleged oil occurrence lies approximately 90 metres to the west of Limbe River and about 170 metres to the East of Limbe Free Market.
The area is alleged to have been previously used for agricultural purposes.
Recently, Blantyre City Council reportedly relocated vendors to the area for vending purposes. Land preparation for construction of the vending structures unearthed the alleged oil occurrence.