SapuraClough Contains Outbreak at Gorgon, Adds Health Support

SapuraClough Adds Health Support, Contains Outbreak Offshore Gorgon

SapuraClough Offshore, a fully owned subsidiary of SapuraKencana Petroleum, confirmed Friday through a telephone interview with Rigzone that it has successfully contained a health issue, gastroenteritis symptoms, which broke onboard the vessel – the Java Constructor general purpose construction support barge – working on the Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

SapuraClough's CEO Guido Bressani said that while a number of people onboard the Java Constructor had been affected, the number of cases had "declined considerably in the past few days, indicating that the company had broken the back of the outbreak."

"We have been treating this issue seriously and have deployed additional health resources to the vessel to help manage the situation," Bressani said.

"In addition to the onboard medics and the hygiene and sanitary practices already implemented in accordance with Australian health guidelines, we have deployed health resources including an occupational hygienist on the vessel to investigate the situation and provide ongoing consultation with onshore medical doctors," Bressani added.

Bressani also refuted claims about crew being asked to work despite them having reported that they were unwell.

"Affected personnel have been taken off duty and appropriate measures are being taken to manage their wellbeing," Bressani said.

Bressani affirmed SapuraClough's commitment to health and safety for the people onboard the Java Constructor barge, saying that the company "will not stop it vigilance."

SapuraClough is using two vessels on its project; which sees the 56-mile DomGas being connected the Gorgon LNG development on the offshore Barrow Island to the onshore Dampier-Bunbury gas pipeline. The operations are carried out using the Geocean Kalinda, while the Java Constructor is being used as the project's living quarters.

Gorgon LNG's first phase is around 45 percent completed; the project has an initial annual output capacity of 15.6 million metric tonnes of LNG.

Chevron is the largest shareholder in Gorgon with a 47 percent interest and acts as operator, while Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell PLC own 25 percent stakes each. Three Japanese companies that will import much of Chevron's share of LNG from Gorgon own the remaining interest.


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nigel | Nov. 10, 2012
Virus contained and putting sick people in a special "quarantine smoking room"!! No word of a that common practise in the medical industry??

luke | Nov. 10, 2012
liars...nothing done and nothing will be!! Poor form to the client!

jc | Nov. 10, 2012
Rubbish..say what you want to satisfy the media but this is not how it has been dealt with!!!!!

crew | Nov. 9, 2012
Dont agree at all with the response to the original artficle, there was no real urgency in preventing or reducing the severity of the outbreak, which has been going on since the project commenced. It has taken 6 months of all crew members onboard getting violently ill for them to think about addressing this issue. Cmon its the 2012, communication and resources are at an all time high and we cant even get the issue looked at after the first so called outbreak. It shouldnt have taken this long to be brought up, I guess that Sapura can consider themselves lucky that the unions here are so weak that they dont support the workers as they say they do.

jcrew | Nov. 9, 2012
What a load of lies the bug is still around people are still sick. this has been going on since the start of this job we are told when we get sick to go to our rooms to sleep it off so we infect other people in our rooms. last week we were told by a medic that they knew who bought it on this time but did nothing about it. i.e put person affected in isolation so put to 35 people in 1 day were sick. both Sapura clough and chevron dont care as long as the job goes on. they say they care but when some guys have gone home for R&R they end up infecting their family members i.e Kids and this has happened to several people now.


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