Information to travellers to Vår Energi offshore installations during the Covid-19 pandemic
Vår Energi (VE) has introduced several company specific guidelines and measures to minimize the risk for Covid-19 outbreak offshore.
Pay particular attention to the guidelines and recommendations the last 10 days prior to offshore departure.
The main rule is to stay at home and not expose oneself to infection risk.
The document Offshore travel instruction during Covid-19 outbreak (22.03.21) is valid for everyone traveling offshore at Vår Energi installations, both VE employees and contractors. The document provides instructions both for the period prior to mobilization and during travel to and from heliport.
Norwegian Oil & Gas has issued a list of restrictions related to offshore travel. Please make sure that none of the restrictions apply to you.
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Based on the government’s press conference of 18 June 2021 regarding the re-opening plan for Norway, we would like to emphasize the following:
- For personnel mobilizing from abroad, the governmental quarantine regulations apply. VE will not require restrictions beyond this.
- All personnel travelling to VE installations will still need to undergo screening testing regardless of vaccination status or previous exposure to Sars-CoV- 2. However, this will change in near future and information will follow soon.
- VE instructions and appendices will be updated shortly and published accordingly.
Covid-19 screening test prior to offshore travel
Vår Energi has temporarily introduced mandatory Covid-19 screening test (PCR method) of personnel travelling offshore to Vår Energi installations.
The test shall be done close to departure, not earlier than 24 hours before departure and not later than 4 hours before departure. In case of helicopter delays, there will normally be no requirement to take a new test.
There must be a negative test result before check-in at the heliport. Click here for further details and booking instructions (rev 19.05.21)
Personnel mobilizing from abroad – Quarantine reducing testing
Vår Energi accepts quarantine reducing Covid-19 testing (PCR method) for personnel travelling offshore to VE installations. There must be a negative test result before check-in at the heliport.
Vår Energi would still prefer that travellers to VE installations undergo the testing at VE test center at Sola or in Hammerfest. In this case a negative quarantine reducing Covid – 19 test will also serve as mandatory screening test.
However, we accept that quarantine reducing testing is done by other service providers. If travellers choose to undergo such testing at another test center, this test will not serve as the mandatory screening test VE requires before travelling to our installations.
Test result of test taken at VE test center is available 2,5 hours (at the earliest) after the sample is collected. Offshore travel can be scheduled the following day. The traveller is responsible for booking their test well in advance and harmonizing this with their itinerary.
Courses and training
For infection control reasons, Vår Energi limits all course activity to only safety and operationally critical courses, and e-learning or training via Teams.
Even if training centers have implemented the general hygienic measures, participants will still be regarded as close contacts in the event of a positive Covid-19 case. Close contacts need to be quarantined for 10 days.
Given that the person is symptom-free, the person can be tested out of quarantine after 7 days. Since we carry out mandatory testing before travelling to VE facilities, we recommend that all courses are completed 7 days prior to the screening test.
Participants should avoid using public transport to and from course location. Employees working offshore must comply with Vår Energi travel instructions.
Instructions and other useful sources
Offshore travel instruction during Covid-19 outbreak:
- Appendix 1) Retningslinjer for Covid-19 screeningtest før utreise til Vår Energi offshoreinnretninger, incl. information in English (rev 19.05.21)
- Appendix 2) Information Quarantine reducing Covid-19 testing for personnel traveling to Vår Energi offshore installations (rev 18.03.21)
- Appendix 3) Roles and responsibility related to handling of personnel with positive screening test (rev 18.02.21)