By Dominic Chopping
Equinor ASA (EQNR.OS) said Wednesday that a team of over 200 personnel are working on its relief effort in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian passed through the island last week, causing an oil spill at one of its terminals.
The Norwegian oil company's South Riding Point oil storage and transshipment terminal on Grand Bahama island received damage to some of its tanks, causing oil spills on land, but the company said that both aerial and ground surveillance found no oil leakage in the sea.
Aerial surveillance has identified potential substance in open waters around 70 to 80 kilometers north east of the terminal and there are also indications that the product may have impacted a section of the coastline, it said.
"Although the source of this product is not known, Equinor will investigate and further evaluate necessary actions, including mobilization of suitable equipment and resources," said the company.
Oil from the damaged tanks has been moved to remaining tanks at the facility and an oil boom has been deployed to close the harbor at the terminal as a precautionary measure. In addition, trucks have started recovering and transporting bulk free-standing oil on the ground to one of the tanks at the terminal.
A vessel carrying 42 personnel and onshore oil-spill recovery equipment is currently at the terminal to help with the clean up, while a second vessel carrying more equipment is scheduled to arrive Thursday.
To support the broader relief efforts on the Bahamas, Equinor said it will donate $1 million to one or more relief organizations involved in the response.
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