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Sun Oil Limited provides fuel relief and support for Abaco recovery efforts
By Valdez K Russell
Sep 22, 2019 - 11:42:24 AM

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Sun Oil team provides fuel relief for Royal Bahamas Defence Force at mobile fuelling station in Abaco.

Nassau, The Bahamas – Following the passage of Hurricane Dorian, Anthony Robinson, President and CEO of Focol Holdings Limited, led a Sun Oil team on an assessment visit to the island.  Robinson says, “Our hearts are broken for the people of Abaco and our commitment to the restoration of fuel services on the island is unquestionable.  Since the passage of Hurricane Dorian, and now, our team of dedicated professional have been relentless in their commitment to provide quality petroleum products to the community of Abaco.”

Sun Oil Limited took immediate action to bring relief and provide assistance in the form of petroleum products and humanitarian aid to the island of Abaco.  Robinson explains, “Once the all-clear was given, our team conducted an aerial assessment of our sites and facilities.  Then, we got on the ground to inspect our equipment and executed our response plan in the face of this catastrophic disaster.”  Robinson confirmed that on September 7, a chartered barge was sent to Abaco with mobile fuel dispensing units and other supplies to restore services.  He also revealed that Sun Oil personnel were dispatched from New Providence to assist with on-going repairs and restoration work at the terminal and sites in Abaco.

Barge off fuel restoration and relief supplies docks in Chub Cay to collect additional equipment.

Clinton Rolle, Deputy General Manager for Sun Oil Limited notes, “Following the catastrophic devastation of Hurricane Dorian, we recognized that our terminal and service stations were significantly impacted; however, we were undeterred given that our fuel storage tanks withstood the storm’s impact.”  He continued, “This allowed for us to assess resident and Government needs and position ourselves for the expedient delivery of quality petroleum products.”

The petroleum company positioned mobile fuelling dispensers for residents and the company was able to offer fuel relief to the Government of The Bahamas and other stakeholders on the island.  Dexter Adderley, Sun Oil’s Managing Director notes, “Through a strategically initiated collaboration with the Government of The Bahamas we were among the first to provide fuel for emergency and rescue personnel on the ground.  This enabled them to fulfil essential tasks for rescue and restoration efforts.”  He added “Sun Oil provided fuel for Bahamas Government vehicles, along with vehicles operated by the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.  We have since established a designated mobile dispensing station to meet the specific needs of the Government of The Bahamas.”

Sun Oil team installs mobile fuelling dispensers in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

Adderely states, “Our teams on the ground moved expediently to provide fuel for Aliv to ensure the on-going operation of their cellular tower.  We have delivered fuel to the Marsh Harbour Airport Authority for civil aviation purposes and supported the Bahamas Power and Light with fuel for operation of their vehicles.”

As recovery operations continue, residents can access fuel from service stations throughout Abaco in the communities of Dundas Town, Hope Town, Marsh Harbour and Sandy Point.  Rolle confirms, “We have an adequate supply of fuel on the island of Abaco and we will meet the needs of our sites as the recovery and restoration process continues.”

Robinson concludes, “As a Bahamian owned company, we embrace our responsibility to provide quality petroleum products, especially during a national crisis of this enormous magnitude.  We will continue to demonstrate that we care about the community of Abaco, we are invested in the recovery process and we are committed to doing our part towards fuelling journeys that matter.”

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