Gazprom Neft has completed preventative COVD-19 testing of all employees and contractors involved in continuous production at its Moscow Refinery — these investigations having been undertaken at Rospotrebnadzor (the Federal Service for Oversight of Consumer Rights and Human Welfare) certified laboratories. Regular testing means carriers can be identified early — before displaying any symptoms — and, if necessary, contact groups identified for isolation, pending diagnosis. These initiatives have been undertaken as part of the company’s “Barrier” programme, a major company-wide initiative for testing all employees and contractors for COVID-19, at all locations in which the company operates.
The Moscow Refinery is a continuous-production enterprise, and remains in full operation, producing the fuel necessary for the uninterrupted operation of city infrastructure. The plant has undertaken all measures necessary to contain COVID-19. Automatic employee temperature-checking systems are in place at all entry points, incoming employees are segregated, and social distancing in common areas is being maintained using special markings on the floor. Premises and service transportation vehicles are disinfected regularly, remote working (working from home) has been arranged for all employees over 60, and employees involved in production are provided with full personal protective equipment (PPE). A high level of production-automation means technological processes can be managed by small groups of specialists.
“Gazprom Neft continues to implement its ‘ANTIVIRUS’ programme to combat COVID-19: the key project here being the mass testing of those employees responsible for continuous production. At the Moscow Refinery — as at the company’s other production plants — we have, already, completed testing of 100% of all plant employees and contractors: Gazprom Neft having organised a total 100,000 tests throughout its Russian plants in April. May will see us moving to the second stage — spot testing, meaning we can establish so-called ‘clean shifts’ at production facilities, made up of employees testing negative for COVID-19. This sort of mass testing is important not just for the company, but also for the locations we work in, since they give a more complete picture of infection rates, meaning the epidemic can be dealt with more effectively.”Alexander Dybal Deputy CEO for Corporate Communications and Member of the Management Board
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 free of charge, 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. Find out more about the “Antivirus” programme at