Breaking: BP to open Dyce-based coronavirus testing facility

BP’s North Sea headquarters at Wellheads Avenue in Dyce.

Oil and gas giant BP is set to open a new Dyce-based Covid-19 testing facility to halt the spread of the virus to its North Sea assets.

The testing programme, which will be based within a hotel near Aberdeen airport, will see workers receive pre-mobilisation screening before they are deployed offshore.

It is understood this will be rolled out to cover all BP staff travelling to its North Sea platforms.

BP operates the Foinaven field, west of Shetland, and the ETAP prospect in the Central North Sea.

It is currently developing the Clair field west of Shetland and the Andrew area.

BP also has non-operated stakes in the Shearwater, Culzean and Vorlich fields in the North Sea.

The firm’s North Sea business supports around 1,175 employees.

A spokesman for BP said: “BP has introduced a range of measures designed to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and contractors mobilising offshore, including robust safe passage travel and accommodation arrangements and pre-mobilisation screening.

“We are now rolling out an onshore testing programme that will provide an additional layer of protection for our critical workforce and help reduce the risk of the virus spreading to our offshore populations.

“We would like to acknowledge the ongoing commitment and professionalism shown by our offshore teams at this challenging time.”

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