ENI Ghana, a subsidiary of Italy’s oil and gas major, ENI, has stated that the recent outbreak of Covid-19 at the company’s operated FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor in the Western part of the Republic of Ghana has not affected its operations.
Three workers of Eni tested positive for COVID-19, following a mass testing exercise undertaken by the company.
According to the Local Content and Sustainability Manager of ENI Ghana, Baluri Buakari, the affected persons have been sent to Takoradi for management while others have been isolated pending their results.
“Yes, that is true we have recorded some infections onboard and those confirmed are three and not four. We did a routine test on the workers. Apart from that, before you go onboard or visit any of our facilities, we make sure that you’re quarantined and tested twice before you go. We also do sample testing on the facility just to make sure that there is no spread. So we did similar exercise over the weekend where we had three confirmed cases and nine suspected cases. We brought them to Takoradi and currently in isolation because they are asymptomatic and those suspected cases are awaiting results but isolated,” he told Akwesi Agyei Annim of Citi FM.
“Our operations have not been affected at all because we often have two crew changes so, actually, at the time this happened, we had mobilised a second crew to go and switch, so it has not affected us,“ he added.
ENI’s FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor has about 106 occupants being both expatriates and Ghanaians and currently produces 190 million standard cubic feet of gas daily for power generation through its Sanzule Onshore Gas Receiving Facility in the Ellembelle District.