Covid-19 Scare at Gorgon LNG Facility
Chevron Australia March 16 confirmed that a worker at Gorgon LNG export project on Barrow Island who had been overseas subsequently developed symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) while on site and was presented to the medical team.
“The medical team immediately followed public health guidelines and isolated the individual and identified all close contacts, who are now also in isolation. A sample has been taken and we are awaiting the outcome. Chevron Australia continues to produce natural gas from its Gorgon and Wheatstone facilities,” a company official told NGW via e-mail.
The official said that the company proactively continued to screen all attendees (including visitors) for relevant travel history and symptoms.
“We are taking measures to reduce risk including reviewing and testing work from home arrangements, reducing the overall number of people commuting to work, adopting social distancing guidelines including reducing the number of people per floor and leveraging digital technology to conduct meetings. Our Perth offices remain open,” the official said.
The Gorgon LNG project is part of the wider project known as the Gorgon gas project, which involves development of the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields located within the Greater Gorgon area in the Barrow sub-basin of the Carnarvon Basin. The Gorgon project is a joint venture between the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (operator), ExxonMobil and Shell, as well three Japanese utilities Osaka Gas, Tokyo Gas and Chubu Electric Power.