Equinor is mobilizing the cleanup of its South Riding Point storage and transhipment terminal, after Hurricane Dorian just one week ago blew the tops off several of its oil storage units and littered the area in East Grand Bahama with hundreds of gallon of oil.
Photos and video of the oil spill at South Riding Point have garnered international attention and show the extent of the damage caused by the hurricane.
Equinor said in a press statement that it is mobilizing to safeguard people, the environment and the facility.
While the strength of the strong Category 5 hurricane’s wind skimmed oil off the top of the storage units for hours, Equinor’s release noted there are no signs of continued leaks, or that oil was able to escape into the ocean.
Photos and video seem to show that the wind pushed the oil inland.
“Equinor will clean up the spills from the South Riding Point oil terminal,” the company’s release stated.
“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 the 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.”
The company added that all of its 54 employees on Grand Bahama have been accounted for and are safe, and that relief is being provided for them.
Equinor said it has deployed oil spill response vessels from Louisiana and other ports across Southeast Florida.
“Some are now en route, while some are pending customs to be en route as soon as possible,” the statement noted.
“Upon arrival, cleanup and remediation will start immediately. The equipment mobilized includes skimmers, oil containment booms, absorbents, pumps, pressure washers and boats.”
According to the company, “the situation is complex and challenging”, but it pointed out that members of its incident management teams from Norway and the United States are coordinating with the operation on Grand Bahama.