Hazardex May: Editor’s comment
14 May 2020
At the time of writing, the UK is entering its fourth week of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic with an extension to the lockdown period set to be announced. Countries all over the globe are under similar restrictions with many people now working remotely from home or under social distancing measures.
In terms of our industry, it can be difficult to avoid negative news at the moment but there are still several projects and investment plans moving ahead. Although suffering another setback, TC Energy announced that construction on the Keystone XL pipeline has begun after the Alberta government invested $1.1 billion into the $8bn project. Elsewhere, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced that it will continue with its investment plans in order to deliver on its 2030 smart growth strategy to help stimulate economic growth, generate commercial opportunities, and create skilled jobs.
Similarly, Russia’s state gas company, Gazprom, provided an update on its major investment projects and said it will continue to ramp up gas production and transportation facilities and continue to invest. Oil production also continues at full pace as companies look to cement and improve their market shares. All this means that hazardous area personnel and solutions remain as important as ever.
In similar vein, Hazardex will continue to provide news and technical articles to keep you informed and up to date about the industry. We will continue to support the industry and help facilitate business, so feel free to use our LinkedIn forum to stay connected with peers, subscribe to our digital issues and eNewsletters for the latest information, or get in touch if you have content or messages you wish to share with the Hazardex audience.
It is vital that as an industry we do our best to continue operating as best we can and support each other so that on the other side of this pandemic, we are in as strong a position as possible.
…Alistair Hookway, Editor, Hazardex
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