A complete set of antiepidemic measures introduced at the Salym group of fields

Salym Petroleum has started introducing measures against bringing in the coronavirus infection on 10 March when the regime of high alert was enacted in all the company's offices and at the Salym Group of fields.

In March, SPD for the first time in its history has made a number of unprecedented decisions in order to maintain the operation and vital functions of the fields. SPD has temporarily altered the length of onsite shifts including the same for partner companies, increasing it up to 90 days, limited entrance to the field, suspended business travel and all public events.

In accordance to the Decree of the Governor of KhMAO-Ugra №43 dated 26 April 2020 the accommodation camps of the Salym Group of fields have a sufficient stock of drugs for the treatment of symptoms of acute respiratory viral infections. SPD maintains a 10-day reserve of disinfecting agents recommended by Rospotrebnadzor, personal protective equipment for respiratory organs (masks, respirators), gloves for the uninterrupted supply to employees of cleaning services, canteens, and healthcare staff.

From the beginning of May there is an on-duty healthcare professional at the entry checkpoint. Every person entering the field to go no shift undergoes a medical examination to detect ARVI symptoms with body temperature measured, fills out a questionnaire, shows the epidemiologic well-being certificate. Moreover, at the entry checkpoint all the contractor employees leaving the entry checkpoint are issued protective masks. SPD employees prior to leaving for home also receive a set of necessary PPEs – masks, gloves, antiseptic.

Healthcare professionals perform contactless body temperature measurements of all the SPD employees with mandatory isolation of employees of SPD and contractor companies with established signs of ARVI and fever.
On 24 March SPD has closed the entry checkpoint for personnel entry and limited entry of machinery, introduced complete monitoring of all the vehicles entering the fields' territory. From this date the entry due to a production necessity can be permitted only after obtaining an approval from the Field Manager, the compliance with all the antiepidemic measures is mandatory.

The company prohibited drivers entering the fields on visitors' passes to visit communal areas at the filed. When loading/unloading cargo, leaving the vehicle cab is prohibited for them. Those entering Salym due to a production necessity were forbidden to make unscheduled stops outside the fields' territory. Moreover, SPD has introduced mandatory body temperature tests for all the drivers.

The entry checkpoint employees have started using decontamination equipment, personal protective equipment, at the same time avoiding contacts with machinery drivers. Disinfection crews have started regular disinfection treatments of the entry checkpoint premises.

Following the very tight schedule SPD has developed the plan for all the necessary measures for the Salym Group of fields in order to protect employees of SPD and partner companies from the COVID-19 contamination risks in compliance with decrees issued by the Governor of KhMAO-Ugra and directives from the SPD CEO.

In mid-May, due to the start of crew changeovers the company management has introduced a complete set of measures for the prevention of bringing in and spreading the novel coronavirus infection. The crew changeover period for the SPD employees in accommodation camps will occur between 13 May and 14 June – from the start of the day of the first person entering the field to the last day of the 14 day isolation of employees who have entered at the final day. We shall tell you about the key changes and measures introduced at the fields underpinning the prevention of bringing in the novel coronavirus infection.
Setting up buffer zones for SPD employees
For the period of unfavourable epidemiological situation the crew changeover for SPD personnel will be performed with the use of buffer zones – especially equipped isolation premises. SPD employees undergo the 14-day isolation in accommodation block buffer zones. In the period from 13 May to 1 June 7 main crew changeover days are planned for, to include 4 rotation days for employees working at the CPF (13, 22, 27 May, 1 June), 2 – for the Base Camp employees (18, 25 May), 1 – for CTF employees (29 May).
For SPD employees, as well as the 14 day isolation, the flow separation method is used – elimination of contacts of newly arrived employees with employees already on shift. The infrastructure team has developed the flow separation system, namely the following:
separate paths for moving around in accommodation camps from accommodation block to the place of work. Premises and paths for employees in self-isolation are visually signed or fenced off;

accommodation in isolated rooms;

During the 14-day isolation employees of SPD and contractor companies cannot make use of the laundry or accommodation cleaning services, they are issued necessary items to be able to do laundry and cleaning themselves. They also temporarily cannot visit accommodation camps' shops, gyms, office trailers and administration buildings, rest rooms, saunas, communal canteens – with the exception of the buffer zone canteen at the CPF Accommodation building, they cannot go out for walks.

Prior to and after each 14-day period disinfection crews treat all the accommodation, work, and surrounding areas in all the buffer zones.
"The infrastructure team was facing a difficult logistical task – in the very tight timeframe to generate an action plan for the separation of flows of employees at every location in the fields in order to ensure a safe changeover for thousands of SPD and contractor employees. In the conditions of an extended shift there also was an acute problem with escaping employees of contractor companies – our strategic partners. This is why we have devised an additional set of measures for the support of our employees and organising their free time. Crew changeovers handled without incidents in April-May have demonstrated that measures undertaken by the leadership team have been effective and timely".
Alexander Abramov ,
Head of Field
Infrastructure :
"We are doing everything possible to prevent bringing in and spreading of the novel coronavirus infection to either the fields or our homes. The 14-day isolation for SPD employees coming on shift while their back-to-backs are working would have carried a large burden on the company's budget in the current difficult economic situation. This is why we chose another path and applied the principle of separating the flows. This means that some employees work from their rooms, some at their workstations but isolated from colleagues. Employees in the fields are away from their families which also impacts on our emotional state. This is why I am asking you to care for each other and support your colleagues from SPD and contractor companies. Work, as always, as one team".
Vladimir Alkin ,
Field Manager:
Setting up buffer zones for contractor companies' employees
Crew changeover for the majority of SPD's contractors occurs with the use of buffer zones – isolated premises to which employees of partner companies come 14 days prior to the start of their shift. The first entry – to the buffer zone of the West Salym well pad №112 – happened on 10 April. The infrastructure team has set up eight buffer zones for contractors altogether – well pad areas № 112, 36, 29, 49, 66, as well as at accommodation camps G5, Base camp, CPF. More than 700 people can be isolated there at any one time.

SPD provides comfortable accommodation, meals, including isolated smoking areas, separate emergency muster points, as well as the system for separate waste collection and removal, at contractor employees buffer zones.

SPD employees conduct detailed instruction sessions on the isolation living rules, appropriate hand-out cards have been developed for contractor colleagues entering the buffer zone. SPD employees give talks to people having completed the 14-day isolation reminding them of the necessity of strict compliance with safety rules after the long time off shift and isolation.

Some contractor companies working at the fields have managed to organise isolation for their employees on their own. This offloads the fields' buffer zones significantly. IP Voronin employees, for instance, stay for the 14-day isolation at the village of Salym. The Megiontruboprovodmontazh Company has set up the buffer zone for the employees in one of the healthcare facilities of the city of Megion. The external buffer zones are controlled by the contract holders.

Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus infection the field logistics team colleagues have completely corrected the timetable of buses running to the village of Salym. This has been changed in such a manner as to minimise the time spent waiting to board the train at the Train Station sq. at the village of Salym and at the same time to have enough time to go through all the necessary checks at the checkpoint set at the kilometre 571 of the Tyumen – Khanty-Mansiysk highway (R404).

When leaving for home from the train station SPD and contractor employees wait for their trains in the buses, not visiting the village shops, chemists or any other public areas but going directly to the platform right at the train arrival time. To ensure compliance with these measures there is an SPD Field Security Team employee on every bus running the Base Camp – Salym Train Station route.

In order to complete crew changeovers en masse and at the same time do it safely for all the staff working in the fields SPD has allocated additional buses for the task. The passenger transport was separated in such a fashion that people leaving the fields would not be using the same buses as personnel coming on shift. Buses used for transporting people into buffer zones are cleaned by disinfection crews after every trip.

SPD passenger bus drivers use all the necessary equipment for the protection against infections. Moreover, inside the buses drivers are separated physically from passengers coming on shift and do not have any contact with them.
"Due to the introduction of antiepidemic measures we had to change timetables of both the internal field crew transport and the external bus link with the village and to reduce the number of the 'permitted' trains. We have devised a detailed timetable for staff coming in and leaving the field offering direct routes from field locations to the train station. Additionally we thought of everything we could possibly do to protect bus drivers transporting people coming on shift. I would like to thank the Field logistics team for the work they have done and all the colleagues who, in the current difficult situation and in the conditions of extended shift have helped us in organising the work processes".
Alexey Murin ,
Logistics Manager:
"The developments that took place this spring are a very difficult time and a great challenge for us all. In the world where the global situation is changing continuously, our core priority remains the same: the health of people and their families. And the main reason for the extension of the duration of shifts in the fields is to prevent the entering of new people to the operating facilities of the company to optimize epidemiologic risks. The field leadership team has introduced a number of measures to protect you and have a safe shift changeover of the SPD and contractor staff. I thank our colleagues in the field for this extensive, very important and responsible work. Thank you to being professionals in what you do regardless of the situation and circumstances".
Michael Collins,
Chief Executive Officer:
prohibition of visiting communal areas;

separate premises for meals and time-separated meals for employees in the buffer zone canteen at the CPF Accommodation building;

use of separate vehicles and separate parking spaces.