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    Workers Quarantined at Major Russian Gas Field


Production is unaffected, according to Gazprom.

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Workers Quarantined at Major Russian Gas Field

Russia's Gazprom reported on March 26 that 20 workers had been quarantined at the giant Bovanenkovo gas field on the northern Yamal Peninsula, after coming in contact with a person who has coronavirus.

The contact occurred on March 16, during a flight from Moscow to Yekaterinburg, and the affected workers will remain in isolation until March 30. But gas production at the field is continuing as usual, Gazprom said.

Russian authorities have so far reported only three deaths and 840 cases of coronavirus.

Bovanenkovo is one of Russia's largest gas fields, and is currently working up to its third-phase capacity of 115bn m3/yr. Gazprom plans to expand output by a further 25bn m3/yr in the late 2020s. Most of the field's gas is delivered to Europe, via the Nord Stream and Yamal-Europe pipelines.