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Bahamas: Equinor provides further update on Bahamas oil spill clean up
11 Sep 2019
Equinor has provided a further update on the Bahamas oil spill clean up. The situation for the people on the Bahamas continues to be very challenging. Equinor has an ongoing operation to respond to and clean up the oil spill in the Bahamas.
Equinor has a team working at South Riding Point terminal Bahamas including an advanced onshore response team with oil spill technical specialist. In total more than 200 personnel are working with the response in Bahamas, the US and in Norway.
Their objective is to address the situation at the South Riding Point terminal and to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees and their families.
In order to support the broader relief efforts on the Bahamas, Equinor has decided to donate 1 million US dollars to one or more relief organizations involved in the response for the Bahamas. The organizations will be identified in collaboration with our local management in the Bahamas.
Two vessels are mobilized for the response at the South Riding Point terminal with 42 personnel and onshore oil spill recovery equipment. The first vessel arrived at the terminal in the evening of 10 September.
The second vessel is scheduled to arrive on location 12 September. The vessels include, containment booms and hundreds of bails of various absorbent pads/rolls, oil spill recovery skimmers, wash pumps, roll off boxes for collection generated waste, light towers, and smaller boats and protection equipment.
Operations are ongoing at the terminal to secure the oil at the facility. Oil from the damaged tanks has been moved to remaining tanks at the facility to reduce the risk of additional oil spills. An oil boom has been deployed to close the harbor at the terminal as a precautionary measure, and to reduce the risk of oil spill to sea.
Two trucks have started recovery and transport of bulk free-standing oil on the ground to one of the tanks at the terminal.
Equinor has completed the initial surveillance of the terminal and surrounding areas from the air and the ground. There is currently no observed leakage of oil to the sea from the South Riding Point terminal.
Aerial surveillance has identified potential product in open waters 70-80 kilometers north east of the terminal within Long Point Bight close to Little Abaco Island. There are also indications that the product may have impacted a section of the coastline.
Although the source of this product is not known, Equinor will investigate and further evaluate necessary actions, including mobilization of suitable equipment and resources.
We will remain in dialogue with local authorities and will revert with more details as soon once updated information is available.