Offshore workers fear mass COVID outbreak on Perenco platforms

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Offshore workers fear mass COVID outbreak on Perenco platforms

Perenco Trinidad and Tobago Limited says it is continuing to assess the status of all personnel offshore and take all necessary measures, to ensure the health and safety of its workforce.

Their statement follows news that a number of its employees tested positive for COVID19 and are now under quarantine at a state facility.

However, workers offshore are disputing that all safety measures are in place, as they now fear a mass COVID19 outbreak on the two major platforms.

According to a Guardian report, workers claimed that positive and negative workers are still intermingling on the platform, while some of them were allowed to return to their homes before getting tests to confirm whether they had the virus or not.

They claimed proper protocols were not being followed by the company and they are pleading with the relevant authorities for help.

The report also revealed that a batch of 18 workers from one rig, who have not yet tested positive, was transported to the Tradewinds Hotel in San Fernando last night.

The workers told the media house that the outbreak started on the Teak Alpha facility when a French national exhibited signs of being ill two weeks ago. Workers claimed that when French nationals come into the country to join work crews, there is no proper isolation protocol as stipulated under the Government’s COVID-19 regulations.