Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation/CNL venture (NNPC/CNL JV), has continued to work safely, and with none Coronavirus (COVID-19) related incident in its operations.
CNL affirms that as a responsible organization, one of the precautionary safeguards it’s put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus into its operations is the introduction of a compulsory two-week supervised quarantine for all personnel returning to figure at its Escravos Operations during this period of the pandemic.
CNL’s head, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Esimaje Brikinn explained that the precautionary safeguard enables CNL to supply a controlled environment for very close monitoring of the personnel during the period of the supervised quarantine.
He added that to form this safeguard effectively, all personnel will first be required to supply a comprehensive travel history before they’re placed within the supervised quarantine.
Reacting to speculations that CNL quarantined a number of its staff suspected of getting the Coronavirus during a hotel in Warri, Delta State, Esimaje affirmed that none of CNL’s employees has contracted the COVID-19 virus.
He clarified that based on the Coronavirus directive issued by the federal of Nigeria regarding sustained operations in the oil and gas industry, CNL entered into arrangements with some hotels and other facilities in Warri and Lagos where their staff on rotational duties will be accommodated, and their health status monitored to make sure that they are doing not have the COVID-19 virus before returning to figure at its Escravos Operations.
According to him, the first group of personnel scheduled for quarantine was moved to the designated facilities on Friday, April 10, 2020, and other groups will follow supported the crew change schedule and therefore the personnel is going to be required to strictly maintain social distancing protocols, personal hygiene, and use of appropriate personal protective equipment during the supervised quarantine period.
“We are also working with the hotels and other facilities where the personnel is going to be placed, to make sure that the hotels and facilities maintain high levels of sanitation and follow strict adherence to all COVID 19 protocols,” he stated.
Esimaje declared that at the top of the two weeks, only those that are certified freed from the COVID-19 virus shall be moved to Escravos which anyone with suspected symptoms during the amount is going to be subjected to further testing and subsequently transferred to government-designated hospitals for further handling in line with the govt approved protocols.
“Chevron continues to watch the Corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak around the world and has been utilizing the guidance of local and international health authorities.
We are regularly updating our workforce and can still adjust plans as appropriate as we receive more information. Our top priority is to make sure the well being and safety of our workforce and their relations, and we are taking precautionary measures to scale back the danger of exposure,” he remarked.