By Robert Tuttle
Chevron said 13 people have tested positive for Covid-19 at a completions site at Kaybob. No workers associated with the outbreak are on site and there are no workers in isolation at the camp, according to an emailed statement from the company.
Syncrude, which operates an oil sands mine and upgrader near Fort McMurray, has recorded 210 positive cases since the outbreak began, with 140 of those individuals having recovered and 70 currently out sick, Will Gibson, a company spokesman, said by phone.
The company has taken steps to prevent the spread including separating people on buses, mask wearing and having people work from home unless they are needed at the worksite. Most of the individuals who’ve contracted the virus have done so in the community rather than the workplace, he said.
“Our operations are continuing with protocols in place to prevent the spread,” Gibson said.
Suncor’s Fort Hills oil sands mine has, since November 20, recorded 33 Covid-19 cases with no impact to operations, Paul Newmarch, a spokesman, said in an email. Currently, 12 cases are active and 21 have recovered.
Other oil sites affected by the Covid outbreak include:
- Syncrude’s Mildred Lake oil sands upgrader
- Suncor ’s MacKay River oil sands well site
- Suncor’s Firebag oil sands well site
- Suncor Base Plant oil sands upgrader
- Imperial’s Kearl mine
- Imperial’s Cold Lake oil sands wells
- Canadian Natural’s Horizon oil sands upgrader
- Canadian Natural Albian mine