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Equinor says to clean up Bahamas oil spill

Sep 08, 2019
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In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and reports of widespread devastation across the Bahamas, Equinor said it will clean up the spills from the South Riding Point oil terminal.

Resources are being mobilised as quickly as possible to safeguard people, the environment and the facility, Norway’s state energy firm Equinor said.

At the time of arrival of the hurricane, Equinor said it had 54 personnel on Grand Bahama, which are all confirmed safe and accounted for. Employee relief is being provided, including water and food.

The South Riding Point oil terminal has sustained damage from the hurricane and oil has been observed on the ground at the terminal site and in neighboring areas. The size of the spill is not yet clear.

Based on current visual assessments, there are no indications of continued oil leakage from the tanks or of oil spills from the terminal to sea or beaches. Further examination is ongoing to assess the full impact of the spill.

Security personnel is on site at the terminal working to secure the area and identify potential hazards.

Equinor has secured vessels and equipment for oil spill response in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, and from various ports across southeast Florida. Some is now en-route, while some is pending customs to be en-route as soon as possible. Upon arrival, clean-up and remediation will start immediately.

The equipment mobilised includes skimmers, oil containment booms, absorbents, pumps, pressure washers and boats.

The situation is complex and challenging, with damage to infrastructure hampering progress in relief and response efforts.

Equinor has almost 100 members of its incident management organization in Norway and the US now working in coordination with our people on Grand Bahamas Island.

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