Following the completion of the recovery of the free oil at and around the terminal, the remaining clean-up of the oil in the forest north-east of the terminal will be completed. This work will have to be done manually and will continue towards the summer of 2020.
There is still no sign of the oil spill having any marine effect in the sea outside the terminal.
The groundwater testing in the vicinity of the terminal, performed by independent contractors and third-party laboratories, is performed in close cooperation with and in the presence of the Bahamian authorities. Five additional wells have been drilled, giving a total number of 27 wells for the testing of the ground water. There continues to be no sign of oil contamination. The monitoring of the water wells will continue throughout 2020.
The oil stored at the terminal, 1.8 million barrels, have been safely exported. The loading was successful through minor temporary rectifications of the facilities, following the damages caused by hurricane Dorian. The oil collected from the oil spill and other waste will be prepared for export to the US for further treatment.
Following the export of the remaining stored oil, extensive work to perform a comprehensive technical review of the tanks and the facilities has been initiated. This work will result in a recommendation for the reconstruction before normal operations can be resumed. It is too early to give a firm estimate for when the terminal will be back to normal operations.
The South Riding Point terminal is one of several assets in the oil trading business of Equinor. The current outage can be well managed within our robust portfolio with little disruption to current activity.