Sep 28, 2021
A fall COVID-19 update from Vince Kenny and Berni Molz
LNG Canada and JGC I Fluor JV are committed to protecting our workers, the community, and our project from COVID-19. This includes reducing the risk of infection in all areas of our operations and activities.
Our tool kit to reduce the spread of COVID-19 continues to grow and evolve. This update describes some of the measures we currently have in place.
Mandatory rapid testing
- COVID-19 rapid testing for all workers travelling by charter, prior to boarding the planes, as well as on-site rapid testing for local employees and individuals flying commercial airlines.
- The Project has increased the frequency of mandatory testing to include a third test for out-of-town workers. Testing will now occur at the charter hub before flight, between days three to five of their rotation, and again between days eight to ten.
- Testing of local workers has increased from every third week to weekly.
On-site vaccination program:
- COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be available daily at the Cedar Valley Lodge medical clinic.
- As directed to LNG Canada by the Medical Health Officer of Northern Health Authority, mandatory disclosure and collection of vaccine status for all workers employed, contracted, and/or otherwise engaged on the Project is underway.
- LNG Canada and Sodexo (Cedar Valley Lodge operator) recently launched a vaccine incentivization contest to highlight the importance of COVID-19 vaccination and ensure the ongoing health and wellness of all Project personnel. The contest will run for three months, until December 2021.
Non-essential travel and worker movements:
- Non-essential travel to site has been suspended. Travel is restricted to site-based employees only. Exceptions may be granted only for essential business reasons.
- While workers are generally discouraged from leaving the project site, anyone who does leave is expected to adhere to public health requirements, including social distancing, use of masks, and proof of vaccination cards where required.
Face covering requirements:
Mandatory face coverings have been reinstated, based on the Provincial Health Officer’s most recent Order on Face Coverings. Face coverings must be worn:
- In indoor areas, including on-site office complexes or in spaces where workers cannot maintain social distancing of at least two metres. This includes Cedar Valley Lodge common areas.
- On all LNG Canada Project buses, light duty vehicles, and charter flights.
On-site medical resources and facilities
We have on-site medical facilities staffed by more than a dozen healthcare professionals and emergency response team members, who are available to project workers 24/7.
Providing professional medical care at our worksite greatly reduces the need for off-site services
As always, our approach remains aligned with direction from the Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia. We continue to monitor the situation and adjust our plans and actions as required.
LNG Canada Construction Manager
JGC I Fluor JV Construction Director