Maersk Discoverer.
JOEL JULIEN

Seven people working on the Maersk Discoverer offshore drilling rig have tested positive for COVID-19, bpTT has confirmed.”

“These individuals have been transported from the rig to Ministry-approved isolation facilities where they are receiving care,” bpTT told Guardian Media in response to questions sent.

All personnel aboard the offshore rig have since been tested.

“bpTT and Maersk have been in contact with representatives from the Ministry of Health and are following guidelines as directed by health officials,” it stated.

“Activity on the rig has been reduced and non-essential personnel have been transported to shore to be placed in Ministry-approved isolation facilities,” the company stated.

Those personnel are said to be housed at Galeota.

“Our priorities remain the health and safety of all persons who work for us and we will continue to take the necessary measures to safeguard all personnel,” bpTT stated.

According to a press release issued in Dcemepber 2019, Maersk Drilling secured a three-well contract for the semi-submersible rig Maersk Discoverer with BP for development drilling at the Matapal project offshore T&T.

The contract has an estimated duration of 322 days and commenced in July 2020.

As at 4 pm yesterday there were 3,236 total active positive cases in T&T, the Health Ministry stated.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is scheduled to host a media conference at 2.30 pm today.