by Matthew V. Veazey
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
The Western Hemisphere’s largest petroleum products terminal is ramping up operations.
More than a week after enduring the wrath of Hurricane Dorian, the Western Hemisphere’s largest petroleum products terminal has resumed operations but on a limited basis.
Buckeye Partners, L.P. reported Wednesday that its Buckeye Bahamas Hub (BBH) has partially resumed operations and can now accommodate customer vessels at its berths for loading and unloading of petroleum products. Last Friday, the company stated that initial post-hurricane facility inspections showed minor damage to the facility and no signs of product releases.
In Wednesday’s written statement emailed to Rigzone, Buckeye noted that it work is ongoing to complete final assessments and that it expects to restore full operations at BBH in the near future.
“I would like to commend our Buckeye emergency response teams for their tireless efforts to support our employees and their families during the recovery, as well as staying focused on safely resuming full operations at our Buckeye Bahamas Hub,” stated Khalid A. Muslih, executive vice president and president of Buckeye’s Global Marine Terminals.
According to Buckeye’s website, the 80-tank BBH complex boasts more than 26 million barrels of storage capacity and eight berths – including two that can accommodate very large crude carriers.
Another Bahamas terminal, Equinor’s South Riding Point oil storage facility, sustained damage from Dorian. On Tuesday Rigzone reported that Equinor is responding to nearby oil spills, adding that the company noted it has observed no signs of ongoing leaks from its tanks.
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