Offshore energy faces its own Covid-19 problems

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the offshore oil and gas industry, with operators working to keep Covid-19 off of their rigs if at all possible, and to minimize the impact on operations if it arrives.

In the Gulf of Mexico there have been 23 cases of Covid-19 linked to offshore oil and gas platforms, the National Ocean Industries Association told Bloomberg last week. Chevron encountered two cases aboard its Big Dog platform, which led to a brief hiatus in operations. At the end of March BP reported that several workers had tested positive after a period of work at an undisclosed platform in the US Gulf.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has experienced three cases to date – including two who had travelled to offshore installations in recent months.  Small UK oil company Spirit Energy said recently that it had halted production at the Chestnut field due to an outbreak of Covid-19 on board the Teekay Offshore Partners-operated FPSO Hummingbird Spirit.