Overseas Projects of Sinopec Fifth Construction Company (SFCC)all set in determination to fend off the Covid-19 Pandemic
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, SFCC EO / EG Project management in Saudi Arabia has initiated an overall robust plan for the deployment of mechanical equipment and personnel during the shutdown of the project, promulgated proactively among the internal staff the knowledge about pandemic prevention and control, and aptly prepared the emergency response plans thereto. Meanwhile, there are assigned personnel in project to provide psychological counselling for its employees at all levels in order to reinforce the awareness of self-protection in this regard. Given that Saudi Haradh project was short of manpower supply and thus then staff there less affected by the pandemic, SFCC reacted in support with a timely mobilization of 128 construction personnel to participate in Haradh project on March 20, following which the project management updated their construction plan, with particular endeavors to safeguard the unsuspended activities of mechanical installation in the two key areas, seawater pump area and cooling water pump area. Besides, in order to avoid congregation of crowd as much as possible, the existing personnel were divided into two groups, each working in camp office and site construction area respectively, as a way to harness the perfect balance between the needs of construction activity and pandemic prevention.
The project organizations in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have also made adjustments to their accommodation arrangement for employees accordingly, by making use of the available redundant rooms of the demobilized employees to maximize effort of social distancing, also suspended the vacation plans of current remaining employees, and urged them all to refrain from habitual tendency and align their behaviors to the principle of public interest by all means necessary in spite of personal inconvenience. The projects will maintain the mechanism of publishing the status of pandemic on a daily basis through the internet that allows employees easy access to the information. Generally, no employees would be allowed to enter or exit the camp or construction area except during the time of work shift such that unless cases of emergency dictates, the transit would be reduced to the mere commute between the camp and site. Accordingly, the projects also implement a tight control on vehicle permission supplementing the prior control measures on the flow of personnel, where there are formalities in place for anyone in need of vehicle due to necessity of work to follow in order to obtain approval on the use, and all vehicles going out should engage an assigned person whose very job is to report the geographical location of the vehicle at any time needed.
As regards personal protection method, employees are wearing masks every day to and from work, and in addition the projects there all have set up some temperature measurement devices at the entrance gate of the camp and each work area, with assigned persons tasked for recording employee body temperature and keeping record of their getting in and out. Further still, sanitation program is set in place for a scheduled medical sterilization to be implemented every afternoon in the areas including accommodation, canteen and site office areas in a thorough manner. There are also designated areas established for purpose of quarantine and medical observation, where assigned personnel would take care of the needs of those put in isolation there.
In order to procure a sufficient reserve of materials for pandemic prevention, in keeping with the company’s requirements for having material reserve enough to cover at least 2-3 months demands in the future, the projects there are set to secure their food reserves by a robust logistic system, including rice, flour, oil, vegetable, meat, drinking water, etc., scientifically ration the necessary PPEs among employees including masks, gloves, disinfectants, alcohol essence, etc., aiming at a comprehensive approach to the pandemic prevention and control.
By following those measures, SFCC overseas projects will continue to pour in their efforts in the battle of prevention against the pandemic and push forward the project progress in a healthy, orderly and sustainable manner.（Translated by Su fangzhou)