Mar 24, 2020
March 24 – COVID-19 Update
LNG Canada and JGC Fluor (JFJV) are actively taking measures to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Steps include sizing the workforce for essential work activities at the LNG Canada project site. We continue to provide daily updates to our workforce, and we are aligning our risk mitigation measures with the Government of Canada and Government of B.C. active public health and travel advisories.
The number of workers at the project site in Kitimat has temporarily been reduced by just over 50 percent. By Monday, March 23, only personnel working on essential activities will be working at site. Our approach continues to be consistent with the Government of Canada and Government of B.C. notices. We will provide updates should this situation change. Despite the necessary workforce reductions, some essential work scopes will progress, such as the construction of our materials offloading facility.
Our workforce has expressed appreciation for our expeditious response to this developing situation. The health and safety of our people and communities remains our top priority.
Measures have been implemented by the operators of the workforce accommodation centres to keep people safe and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. We have taken actions at site and in the worker lodgings to provide for social distancing in the days ahead. Important to note that our remaining workers reside across three different worker accommodation lodges near the project site in Kitimat.
Lodge medical personnel have prepared to safely manage the self-isolations for individuals who may experience mild symptoms associated with cold, flu or COVID-19.
Gyms and recreational areas have been temporarily closed to reduce exposure. Cleaning measures have been significantly increased throughout the workforce accommodations. Public areas are cleaned with additional frequency and are sanitized hourly, and tables and chairs are being cleaned after use. The number of sanitizing stations has increased around the lodges and hand sanitizer usage remains mandatory prior to entering the dining halls.
There has been a removal, where practical, of common touch points. Examples include salad bars that are served, and many items are wrapped for pickup to eliminate tongs. Juice machines are cleaned every 15 minutes. Table cleaning between seating is enforced, and people can only sit at designated tables.
There has been increased communication regarding signs and symptoms of illness, handwashing, hand sanitizer use, transmission risk management and mitigation, and how and when to seek proper medical attention if necessary.
Transportation and travel
Buses traveling to and from site are now limited to a 50 percent maximum capacity to allow for as much social distancing as possible. Buses and chartered planes are regularly sanitized. The community shuttle has been suspended, and we are limiting travel into any local facilities. Non-essential business travel is restricted.
Screening questions have been implemented in charter terminals, along with advanced screening. Subcontractors are required to follow JFJV and LNG Canada self-imposed travel restrictions for non-essential personnel, and anyone who has traveled outside of Canada must observe a 14-day quarantine prior to traveling to site.
Testing and treating workers on site
To avoid putting a strain on the Kitimat and Terrace communities, JFJV, LNG Canada and our subcontractors will continue to use internal health care resources provided by ISOS and MEDCOR.
We will provide testing for the project workforce where necessary, notifying Northern Health in the event that someone requires testing, and we’ll continue to follow heath authority recommendations.
We continue to take the situation very seriously and are working to ensure the safety and well-being of our workforce and the communities in which we live and operate. We will continue to keep you apprised of further activities over the coming days and weeks.
Vince Kenny Berni Molz
LNG Canada Construction Manager JGC Fluor Construction Director