14 drillship workers test positive for COVID-19 offshore Guyana

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ExxonMobil Guyana confirmed on Friday that 14 rotational workers supporting its operations offshore the South American country have tested positive for COVID-19. All are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms at this time, the company said.

“These individuals have been appropriately isolated to limit the spread of the virus,” Public and Government Affairs Advisor, Janelle Persaud said. “Eleven 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.”

The company said if necessary, plans are in place to safely transport the remaining positive workers onshore.

“Safe and healthy workplaces remain a top priority for ExxonMobil Guyana and its contractors,” Persaud said.

She pointed out that well-established processes are in place to manage impacts related to infectious disease outbreaks, which have allowed the company to identify these cases early.

In April 2020, ExxonMobil Guyana established COVID-19 prevention screening facilities in country and abroad to safely manage rotators coming into and departing Guyana.

“Since this arrangement began, we successfully transferred more than ten thousand persons without a positive case offshore,” Persaud stated. “There are medical personnel onboard our offshore facilities and they are taking necessary precautions to monitor the health of the workers and provide appropriate treatment and care.”

She said operations at the company’s six drillships and the Liza Destiny FPSO remain unaffected at this time.

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