The Norwegian multinational energy company, Equinor, said on Thursday September 5th, it had discovered an oil spill at its storage terminal in the Bahamas, after powerful hurricane Dorian had hit the island causing devastation, Reuters has reported.
On its website, Equinor described the terminal as a vital business hub on the Grand Bahama Island, with a location intended to reinforce the firm's market and trading status in the Caribbean region.
"Our initial aerial assessment of the South Riding Point facility has found that the terminal has sustained damage, and oil has been observed on the ground outside of the onshore tanks," Equinor said in a statement.
"It is too early to indicate any volumes. At this point there are no observations of any oil spill at sea," it added, confirming that all of Equinor's 54 employees on the island are safe and accounted for.
A recent photo of the facility showed it has ten large storage tanks located on a plot of land by the ocean.
In preparation for the hurricane, Equinor shut down operations at the South Riding Point terminal on August 31st, and none of its staff were at the site during the storm.
"We have informed the local authorities of our initial assessment and remain in dialogue with them," Equinor said.
By late Wednesday, September 4th, the powerful hurricane had crept back up to Category three force, with 115 mph (185 kph) winds, and was pushing toward a brush with the Carolinas, with a direct hit on the outer banks 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," the statement said.