It is true that some images have been circulating on the Internet showing aqueous effluent being discharged into a river in Kienké. First, it should be noted that this situation already existed in the time of Socapalm, a public company, and was inherited by the Socfin Group when Socapalm was privatised, that the stretch of river actually impacted by these effluents is located entirely within the concession and that these effluents are not toxic: they contain only soil, plant debris and some residual palm oil.
It is true that its appearance is not very attractive and its smell may be unpleasant.
To remedy this situation, inherited from privatisation, Socapalm has constructed lagoon systems on all its plantations, not just Kienké. The lagoon system at Kienké was completed in early 2012.
The system consists of five pools: a cooling pool, two anaerobic pools and two aerobic pools. They are designed to allow an effluent retention time of at least 180 days; the effluent is naturally purified by the action of bacteria, and it is expected that the quality of the effluent at the exit from the last lagoon will meet the discharge standards set by our technical requirements (BOD5 less than 50mg/litre).