Pan African Energy Tanzania Limited (PAET), through its affiliates a Canadian based company Orca exploration, announced that it has taken several steps to limit the impact of the COVID-19 virus on its operations in Tanzania and the health of its employees.
In its latest operational updates, the company says that to reduce the operational impact of COVID-19 it has been stopped all non-essential travel to their operational work sites .and all company personnel or contractors entering Tanzania from COVID-19 affected areas are now required to self-isolate for 7 days, extendible to 14 days, if they demonstrate any symptoms of the virus.
Furthermore, the company has been curtailed essential face to face meetings. Other actions have taken by the company are staff medical briefings and increased sanitization of the offices and other work areas as well as staff medical briefings.
“The Company’s IT systems are cloud-based and are unlikely to be affected by the pandemic. However, with the possibility of increased remote working, internet access and upgraded hardware and software have been provided to all key staff.
On Songo Songo Island (“SSI”), the operational staff rotates every 4 weeks and this provides some in-built cover should some employees contract COVID-19. As part of the contingency planning, we are identifying Company employees and Tanzanian contractors who could fill in for personnel who are required to self-isolate” Says company in its latest announcement.
As we speak, the company is not executing any critical project that will be impacted by the coronavirus in the short term.
The debottlenecking of the flowline system that is expected to increase production capacity by 10 million standard cubic feet a day is in process and we have secured the requisite equipment for this project.
During the second half of the year, the company will require a land rig for workover operations and the management of this project will need to be undertaken in conjunction with government directives in place at that time.
In addition, PAET continues to negotiate an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the installation of compression on SSI by the end of 2021. This compression is essential to ensure that there is no loss in production through Songas’ gas processing and pipeline facilities as field pressure declines. At this stage, we do not envisage any delay with this project.