Oil spilled at Equinor facility will likely not be fully recovered

The 119,000 barrels of oil spilled at Equinor’s South Riding Point terminal due to Hurricane Dorian will likely not be recovered fully due to “evaporation and other natural processes”, the company’s most recent press statement on the matter revealed.

Equinor estimates that the 119,000 barrels represent about six percent of the 1.88 million barrels stored at the South Riding Point terminal.

The company said it has collected about 30 percent of the oil thus far and continues to work on the recovery of the remaining spill.

“The clean-up continues with full strength,” the statement noted.

“Most of the spilled volumes are within or near the terminal area. More of the oil will be recovered over the coming weeks as work progresses to empty containment berms surrounding the tanks.

“Equinor is committed to cleaning up. Plans for how to address the outside area are being matured and executed in close dialogue with the Bahamian government.”

The company said Bahamian resources and international specialists have been deployed to clean up the environment.

“The work is being carried out with a focus on safety for all workers and under strict HSE (health, safety and environment) guidelines,” the statement pointed out.

“Equinor continues to survey the facility and surrounding area both from the air and ground. The company has not observed any leakage of oil from the terminal to the sea.”

Hurricane Dorian blew the roofs off several of those tanks, distributing oil across the acreage of the property and into the neighboring forest. There were concerns that oil might have been blown into the ocean, though that has not been proven.

Equinor revealed on its website following the storm that it will make a $1 million donation “to one or more relief organizations involved in the response for The Bahamas”.

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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