Shell’s LNG Canada project has halved the size of its workforce at the Kitimat, British Columbia site to lower the risk of coronavirus (Covid-19) infection
In a statement, LNG Canada said “Exercising an abundance of caution that prioritises the safety of our workforce and the local community, LNG Canada, JGC Fluor and our subcontractors will be reducing staffing levels, implementing a mandatory work from home policy for non-business critical positions, and deferring many non-essential work activities at the Kitimat site for the time being.”
A joint venture of JGC Corporation and Fluor Corporation is working as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project.
As many as 750 workers or about half of the estimated total workforce at the site were sent home as a precaution against the spread of the virus.
LNG Canada added that essential work would continue at the site, such as “seasonal activities that must take place within regulatory windows, activities which have commenced and need to be finished to safely secure the area and unloading of material delivery vessels at the port.”
‘Social distancing’ and other Covid-19 infection precautions would be practiced in executing all of these activities.
Being developed at a cost of US$40Bn, LNG Canada will have two trains, with a total production capacity of about 14 mta, with the potential to expand to four trains.
Shell Canada Energy, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, owns a 40% interest in the project, with the remaining interest held by Petronas, (25%), PetroChina Kitimat LNG Partnership, a subsidiary of PetroChina Canada Ltd, (15%); Diamond LNG Canada Ltd, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, (15%) and Kogas Canada LNG Ltd (5%).