Information on Equinor’s measures
for preventing the spread of COVID-19

www.equinor.com/corona

Compulsory testing of offshore personnel before travel — see below

Covid-19 regulations
for suppliers to Equinor

All suppliers are requested to follow national and/or local regulations as they apply.
This means that if national or local authorities have more restrictive regulations than Equinor, these regulations will apply to Equinor suppliers and operations.

Where Equinor is the principal enterprise, suppliers shall follow Equinor’s policy.

Where Equinor is not the principal enterprise, suppliers will be expected as a minimum to follow guidelines from WHO and/or relevant national health authorities and follow principal enterprise's policies.

If you have any questions, please contact your Equinor company representative (CR).

For Norway

  • Follow the regulations from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Government.
  • Please see the Norwegian Public Health Institute’s website for definition of “red” and “yellow” regions/countries.
  • If you experience mild symptoms of respiratory infection, no offshore travel or visits to onshore plants or other Equinor premises until at least 24 hours after symptoms disappear. This also applies if Covid-test is negative.
  • If symptoms are more severe (cough, fever, shortness of breath), no offshore travel or visits to onshore plants or other Equinor premises for three days after symptoms disappear. This also applies if Covid-test is negative.
  • People who can document that they have undergone Covid-19, can under certain conditions be exempted from quarantine, ref. requirements from the Norwegian Government.

Additional requirements for offshore travels in Norway

  • Personnel travelling from abroad to work offshore Norway shall have 10-day quarantine before travelling offshore. If you are travelling to Norway directly from a yellow area within the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are exempted from quarantine.
  • If you are a close contact of a person with probable Covid-19 infection (a person quarantined due to travel abroad or a close contact having symptoms), you shall not travel offshore until test results are ready. If in doubt, consult your Equinor company representative (CR).
  • Personnel travelling for Equinor shall use face masks at all heliports. Please bring a face mask with you. For details, consult your Equinor company representative (CR).
  • Equinor facilitates Covid-19 testing of personnel going to installations on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). This is a medical step to protect the health of those working on our installations and is a supplement to the already established barriers to prevent Covid-19 infection offshore.
  • Equinor has started pilot testing in Bergen and Stavanger for personnel going to Troll from 18 March and to Johan Sverdrup from 23 March. The pilot test is voluntary until 30 March, but Equinor encourages everyone to take the test to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. From 30 March the pilot test will be mandatory.
  • Equinor has also decided to start mandatory mass testing of personnel going to fixed NCS installations. The risk level system of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health will form the basis for the assessment of whether, and to what extent, testing will be carried out. Test centres are being established at five helicopter terminals in Brønnøysund, Kristiansund, Bergen, Florø and Stavanger. Mandatory testing at all heliports will start from 6 April, provided that the infection level is still at level 3 or higher.
  • Each individual traveller to be tested will be informed about the meeting time/place and other details through DaWinci. If you have any questions, please consult your Equinor company representative (CR).

Outside Norway

  • Follow the national and/or local regulations as they apply.
  • Please contact your Equinor company representative (CR) for Equinor specific policy and requirements applicable for your location.

Compulsory testing
of offshore personnel before travel

Equinor has decided to introduce mandatory mass COVID testing of personnel travelling to permanent installations on the Norwegian continental shelf.

The introduction of mass testing comes in addition to the already established barriers to avoid infection and spread out on our installations in the sea.

According to the plan, testing will take place until the national infection level falls below level 3, based on the chief physician's recommendations. 

It is extremely important that even after the introduction of testing before departure, we continue with uncompromising compliance with already introduced requirements and guidelines with good routines and clear cohorts.

 

  • Anyone who has a hint of or suspicion of illness / infection should not show up at the heliport, but should take a test at the place of residence and have a dialogue with the leader about further follow-up.
  • The test centers have been established at our six helicopter terminals in Hammerfest, Brønnøysund, Kristiansund, Bergen, Florø and Stavanger.
  • The test facilities are within walking distance to the airport / heliport in Stavanger, Bergen and Brønnøysund. In Florø and Kristiansund, the test facilities are located in the city center, similar to Hammerfest.
  • The safest test method, PCR test, will be used and it is estimated that it will take 90 minutes from sampling until the result is available.
  • The individual traveler will receive information 72 hours before departure through DaWinci about arrival time / place and other details about the testing, as well as a link for booking an appointment for testing in a separate booking system.
  • It is assumed that everyone must arrive at the test facility no later than 3 hours before departure. Some passengers with early departure must therefore be prepared to meet for testing the evening before departure.

Relevant information on heliports, test centres, and procedures:

All documents are in Norwegian and English. 

Files updated April 23. 

Useful phone numbers:

Equinor main switchboard: +47 51 99 90 90

IT Support/Services@Equinor: +47 51 99 92 22

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