Offshore oil installations have continued to operate through government lockdowns, with workers at Indian oil-producing companies extending stays offshore by as much as 2-3 times from the norm of 14 days. But, there are fresh alarm bells, with 31 employees out of 91 at an ONGC offshore facility near Mumbai testing positive for Covid-19 this week.
What precautions are oil producers taking to protect their workers, especially on facilities where social distancing is a problem?
According to sources at ONGC, the company tests all incoming workers before sending them to work on offshore sites. Employees working offshore are also being provided with face shields, masks and hand sanitizers in addition to the protective equipment usually issued to them including gloves and helmets, said and ONGC official who wished to remain anonymous.