Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation/CNL Joint Venture (NNPC/CNL JV), has promised to operate safely, and without any coronavirus (COVID-19) related incident in its operations.
A statement by the company’s General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Esimaje Brikinn, said that as a responsible organisation, one of the precautionary safeguards 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 work at its Escravos Operations.
Esimaje said the precautionary safeguard enables CNL to provide a controlled environment for very close monitoring of the personnel during the period of the supervised quarantine.
He stated that in order to make this safeguard effective, all personnel will first be required to provide a comprehensive travel history before they are placed in the supervised quarantine.
Reacting to speculations that CNL quarantined some of its staff suspected of having the coronavirus in a hotel in Warri, Delta state, Esimaje said none of CNL’s employees has contracted the COVID-19 virus.
He clarified that based on the coronavirus directive issued by the federal government 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 ensure that they do not have the COVID-19 virus before returning to work at its Escravos Operations.
He said the first set of personnel scheduled for quarantine were moved to the designated facilities Friday, April 10, 2020 and other groups will follow based on the crew change schedule and the personnel will be required to strictly maintain social distancing protocols, personal hygiene, and use of appropriate personal protective equipment during the supervised quarantine period.
Esimaje said: “We are also working with the hotels and other facilities where the personnel will be placed, to ensure that the hotels and facilities maintain high levels of sanitation and follow strict adherence to all COVID 19 protocols.”