ExxonMobil Guyana’s Public and Government Affairs Advisor, Janelle Persaud confirmed with Guyana Standard that 14 rotational workers supporting the oil giant’s operations offshore have tested positive for COVID-19. Persaud said all are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms at this time while adding that these individuals have been appropriately isolated to limit the spread of the virus.
Guyana Standard understands that 11 remain in isolation on the Noble Tom Madden, and three have been transferred to appropriate isolation facilities onshore under the care and custody of their employer. If necessary, she said that plans are in place to safely transport the remaining positive workers onshore.
Persaud said, “Safe and healthy workplaces remains a top priority for ExxonMobil Guyana and its contractors. We have well-established processes in place to manage impacts related to infectious disease outbreaks, which have allowed us to identify these cases early.”
Further to this, the ExxonMobil Guyana official said in April 2020, the company had established COVID-19 prevention screening facilities in-country and abroad to safely manage rotators coming in and departing the country. Since this arrangement began, she said the oil giant has successfully transferred more than ten thousand persons without a positive case offshore.
She said, too, that there is medical personnel onboard our offshore facilities while adding that they are taking the necessary precautions to monitor the health of the workers and provide appropriate treatment and care.
Persaud was keen to note that operations at its six drillships and the Liza Destiny FPSO remain unaffected at this time.