Gazprom Neft’s anti-COVID-19 programme

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Gazpromneft-Noyabrskneftegaz rolls out automatic temperature testing

Gazpromneft-Noyabrskneftegaz has installed automated remote body-temperature testing units at Muravlenko bus station, and at its own head office. More than 400 company employees and contractors depart for fields and facilities from the bus station, every day. The margin of error in using this equipment never exceeds 0.3 degrees, and makes it possible to take temperatures almost three times faster.

These modern thermal-imaging modules mean raised temperatures can be identified, contactlessly, in less than one second — something of particular importance when having to keep large numbers of incoming personnel apart, while simultaneously testing them.

Gazpromneft-Noyabrskneftegaz is a “continuous production” enterprise, and remains in operation while adhering stringently to the company’s anti-epidemiological strategy as part of its corporate “Antivirus” programme. Production facilities are disinfected daily, as are all service-support vehicles. All personnel have been provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), and first-aid points and medical centres established at fields and standalone facilities. The health of employees and staff at contracting organisations is being closely monitored.

Mass COVID-19 testing has been undertaken to identify those employees showing no visible signs of infection. This kind of control, allowing infection to be identified at an early stage, is an effective means of combatting COVID-19 at production facilities in continuous operation. “Buffer zones” have been put in place for personnel going on-shift, with crews being tested and monitored under medical care. Employees testing negative are allowed to go on-shift. Transportation to shift sites is undertaken in specially adapted transport, allowing minimum contacts en route.

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Gazprom Neft’s “ANTIVIRUS” initiative is an integrated programme directed at combatting the spread of COVID-19, involving a range of initiatives including providing free materials and resources to medical services, emergency services employees and voluntary organisations, wherever the company operates. Gazprom Neft is providing fuel, protective equipment and PPE to medical agencies, as well as offering concessionary payment terms to transport companies and SMEs.

Within the Gazprom Neft group of companies the “Antivirus” programme represents a system of barriers — including technical and organisational initiatives — designed to combat the spread of COVID-19. Crew turnarounds at remote fields have been extended to 90 days, and “buffer zones” put in place for employees waiting to go on-shift, where they are placed under medical care before flying out to fields.

Part of the Gazprom Neft workforce was transferred to remote working (working from home) with effect from 19 March, with additional corporate services — including “remote office” digital technologies — being launched and employees offered greater scope for using specialist software allowing them to work full-time, from home.

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