Tue. Jul 14th, 2020

Subject Yourselves To The Controlled Isolation Period; DPR Tells Oil & Gas Industry Operators

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has called on sll Oil & Gas Industry Operators to subject themselves to the controlled isolation period which forms part of the protocol for the management of COVID-19.

In an industry circular signed by the DPR management on Wednesday, 24 June, 2020, it says the act of non-compliance can severely disrupt activities in the industry which is a critical sector of the Nigerian Economy. Additionally, non-adherence to protocols puts everyone at risk as COVID-19 does not recognize profession, level or cadre.

The statement read, “We wish to commend your efforts in implementing stringent measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in your immediate environment and areas of operations in line with Government’s directives and circulars issued by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

“In spite of these efforts, the industry has sadly recorded COVID-19 cases in some offshore and remote locations, many of which are linked to non-adherence to established protocols. It is worrisome to note that some personnel of Government authorities do not subject themselves to the controlled isolation period which forms part of the protocol for the management of COVID-19 by Operators prior to embarking to these locations.

“This act of non-compliance can severely disrupt activities in the industry which is a critical sector of the Nigerian Economy. Additionally, non-adherence to protocols puts everyone at risk as COVID-19 does not recognize profession, level or cadre.

“Consequently, and pursuant to Regulation 45 of the Petroleum (Drilling & Production) Regulations, 1969, NO personnel (including Government authorities) shall be permitted to embark to offshore/remote locations in the oil and gas industry without being fully subjected to established protocols.

“Furthermore, all Operators are to ensure that evidence of compliance with the protocols by personnel travelling to offshore/remote locations are duly documented.

“For the avoidance of doubt, no personnel shall be granted waiver of any sort. This is for your immediate and strict implementation, the statement concluded.

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