Equinor to clean up the Bahamas spill

Source: press release, 8 September 2019

Satellite image after the impact of Hurricane Dorian on the South Riding Point oil terminal at Grand Bahama Island – the red outline denotes the plume area of the oil spill, ca. 0.5 sq km, and ca. 1.3 km in length (photo: Equinor/ESA Sentinel-2 satellite)
Satellite image after the impact of Hurricane Dorian on the South Riding Point oil terminal at Grand Bahama Island – the red outline denotes the plume area of the oil spill, ca. 0.5 sq km, and ca. 1.3 km in length (photo: Equinor/ESA Sentinel-2 satellite)

In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian there are reports of widespread devastation across the Bahamas. Equinor has announced that it will clean up the spills from the South Riding Point oil terminal and is mobilising resources as quickly as possible to safeguard people, the environment and the facility.

At the time of arrival of the hurricane, Equinor had 54 personnel on Grand Bahama. All are 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 neighbouring areas. The size of the spill was not yet clear as of 8 September 2019.

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 are now en route, while some are 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 organisation in Norway and the US now working in coordination with our people on Grand Bahamas Island.

Equinor will provide additional updates as work continues and more information becomes available.