Oil and gas enterprises upgrade Covid-19 response measures

13:00 | 30/08/2020 Companies

(VEN) - Since late July, Vietnam has faced a new wave of Covid-19 infections after more than three months without transmitted cases in the community. Reverting to the highly successful measures of the first wave of the pandemic, enterprises in the oil and gas industry have tightened restrictions to combat the resurgence of the disease.

oil and gas enterprises upgrade covid 19 response measures
Employees follow security procedures before entering the Dung Quat Oil Refinery

At a meeting with member units on business results in the first seven months of the year and forecasts for the remaining months of 2020, General Director of the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN) Le Manh Hung praised the Covid-19 control in the group and directed managers and staff to proactively respond to new developments.

At the beginning of August 2020, the Russia-Vietnam Joint Venture Vietsovpetro also re-activated the Covid-19 prevention and control protocol at marine and shore projects, not reporting any new infections so far.

oil and gas enterprises upgrade covid 19 response measures
Conducting disinfection at PVFCCo’s building

Meanwhile, the PetroVietnam Fertilizer and Chemicals Joint Stock Company (PVFCCo) quickly sent updated information to its entire staff, issued directives and implemented many measures to minimize the risk of infection, ensure employees’ health, and maintain business and production activities.

The PetroVietnam Drilling and Well Service Corporation (PV Drilling) also mapped pandemic control and market development scenarios, including responsive solutions and specific actions to minimize impacts on the safety and efficiency of production and business and on the foreign experts it employs.

Ensuring safety and production

The Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Joint Stock Company (BSR) has also reactivated anti-Covid-19 measures. As of August 3, 2020, 10 days after the Covid-19 resurgence in Da Nang and Quang Ngai, prevention and control efforts at BSR proved efficient and ensured safety for the company’s staff and the contractor working at the Dung Quat oil refinery.

Every day, thousands of employees, experts, contractors, and meal suppliers go in and out of the oil refinery in preparation for its fourth overall maintenance. They all have to sign medical declarations, have their entry/exit cards checked, body temperatures measured, and undergo disinfection before coming to work in the oil refinery.

oil and gas enterprises upgrade covid 19 response measures
Keeping a distance when measuring body temperature at the Ca Mau Fertilizer Plant

To tackle the pandemic’s resurgence, the PetroVietnam Gas Joint Stock Corporation (PV Gas) was asked to prepare medical equipment and logistics plans for prevention and control tasks according to approved processes. In particular, the production segment continues to build staffing plans to optimize production, ready for activation when directed by the corporation.

At the PetroVietnam Ca Mau Fertilizer Joint Stock Company (PVCFC), the Covid-19 Prevention Steering Committee held an urgent meeting to implement planned solutions immediately. “Due to complicated developments of the epidemic, we have stepped up practical measures to prevent and control the disease,” said PVCFC General Director Van Tien Thanh.

“The most important thing is to ensure the safety and improve employees’ health by organizing sports activities, supplementing nutrition, stocking basic medical preventive tools and supplies; and improving internal communication so that workers are aware of dangers and comply with all recommendations of the Ministry of Health and with the company directives.”

Manh Chung