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Messoyakhaneftegaz shuts down its buffer zones and cuts shift lengths

Life at Russia’s northernmost onshore field, the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye, will be going back to normal from May 2021 — the gradual lifting of quarantine restrictions being due to the high (84%) herd immunity across the Messoyakhaneftegaz team.

The main change concerns shift duration: oilfield workers going on-shift in May will remain working at the field for 45 days instead of 60 — oilfield teams having moved to two-month shifts last April at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Added to which, workers doing a stint at Messoyakha in May will be able to do so without undergoing a mandatory stay in a “buffer zone” — having a negative PCR test being deemed far more important.

“Clean terminals” are also becoming a thing of the past: specialists at strategically important production facilities, which have been operating under a “closed” regime for more than a year, are returning to normal engagement with colleagues, following isolation — this measure having helped minimise the risk of coronavirus infection for teams at those facilities on which the functioning of the field (in this remote Arctic region) depends. Face masks, social distancing and basic COVID-19 prevention measures will remain in force at the oilfield, however.

“We have gone to great lengths to keep our teams healthy in the face of the pandemic. As soon as vaccinations became available, we organised voluntary vaccination for our employees, and employees at partnering companies, including at facilities in this remote Arctic region. Now, thanks to a high level of herd immunity, the entire team at the Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye oilfield can live and work with confidence, concentrating on professional tasks rather than worrying about a dangerous disease. Step by step, we are getting back to normal life and work — without ‘buffer zones’, long shifts, and stringent restrictions on day-to-day interaction with each other.” — Alexei Kan, Director General, Gazpromneft-Messoyakhaneftegaz.