Two storage terminals in the path of Hurricane Dorian sustained damage as the category 5 storm moved across the Bahamas and up the east coast of Florida.
The deadly storm, which wrecked devastation on communities in the Bahamas, has killed at least 50 people in the country and destroyed or severely damaged 13,000 homes when the storm hit with winds of up to 185 mph.
Dorian equalled the highest winds ever recorded for a hurricane at landfall when it struck the Abaco Islands. The storm then moved north-west and across Florida’s east coast.
Equinor says that its South Riding terminal in the Bahamas, which comprises 6.75 million barrels of crude and condensate storage capacity, sustained damage and that oil was observed on the ground outside of the onshore tanks. All personnel in the Bahamas were confirmed safe and accounted for.
Equinor has a team working at the terminal, including an advanced onshore response team with oil spill technical specialists.
At the time of printing, an onshore team started to recover oil and move it into tank storage. A response team continues to assess the damage and plan the recovery work. Initial recovery assets have been deployed and additional machinery and equipment is being added. The company says that no oil is leaking from the terminal.
Equinor has donated $1 million to one or more relief organisations involved in the response for the Bahamas.
The storm also passed over Buckeye Partners’ Bahamas Hub, a 26-million-barrels petroleum storage, transshipment and blending facility at Freeport.
Initial assessments found minor damage to the facility from wind and rain, and no indications of any product release.
The company has partially resumed operations at the terminal. Work continues on completing final assessments and restoring full operations at the facility in the near future.