By Dominic Chopping
Equinor ASA (EQNR.OS) said Thursday that all of the company's 54 personnel in the Bahamas are now confirmed safe and accounted for after Hurricane Dorian passed through the island, damaging the oil major's South Riding Point oil storage and transshipment terminal on Grand Bahama island.
The workers had been at the terminal up until the precautionary shutdown on Aug. 31, but the company had struggled to confirm everyone's safety due to difficult communications conditions.
Equinor said it has made an initial aerial assessment of its facility and has found that the terminal has sustained damage, with oil observed on the ground outside of the onshore tanks. It said it is too early to indicate any volumes, but at this point there is no evidence of any oil spill at sea.
The company has mobilized oil-spill response resources and they will arrive at South Riding Point as soon as possible.
"While weather conditions on the island have improved, road conditions and flooding continue to impact our ability to assess the situation and the scope of damages to the terminal and its surroundings," Equinor said.
In preparing for the hurricane, Equinor shut down operations of the terminal at noon on Saturday Aug. 31. Personnel were given time off to look after their families and secure their private homes. The advice from local authorities to evacuate certain areas had also been followed. None of Equinor's personnel were at the terminal when the hurricane struck, it added.
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