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International Oil Company Shares China Anti-epidemic Experience at "Davos of Energy"

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On June 9, during "CERAWeek Conversations", ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance said that the energy company was able to survive the COVID-19 pandemic without layoffs because it had learned lessons from its Chinese operations.

"In China we have a large operation in Bohai Bay that is offshore. In working with our partner, CNOOC, we came up with a protocol that said there was about a 14-day incubation period for the virus. We send people offshore and have them work on rotations, and then the next group coming in would have to self-quarantine and isolate for 14 days," said Ryan Lance in the interview with Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS Markit and founder of IHS CERA (Cambridge Energy Research Associates). "Then it was applied to the North Slope of Alaska where we had 4,000 workers, and to our offshore operations in Norway and elsewhere around the whole world. Really get us a jump start on that. It helps us keep cases down on a minimum."

ConocoPhillips is one of the world's largest independent exploration and production companies. It has cooperated with CNOOC in offshore China for nearly three decades.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, CNOOC immediately formulated an emergency response plan for offshore operations and took strict actions including 14-day quarantine before working offshore, all staff wearing protective face masks, taking temperature and social distancing measures. So far, offshore China has maintained a "zero COVID-19 infection" record.

CNOOC has actively expanded practices offshore China globally and shared the experience with international partners. Alex Coull, the lead field service engineer from Baker Hughes who works for a U.K. North Sea platform operated by CNOOC, expressed, "I feel CNOOC has been excellent in their response, setting a high standard. I hope that all the contracting companies can follow their lead and support their employees through this crisis." Kiima Davine, a local employee of CNOOC Uganda, said, "We are really grateful to CNOOC for looking out for the staff and taking the initiative to ensure the health and safety of the staff and our families." In addition, Equinor also referred to CNOOC's epidemic prevention and control measures.

The annual CERAWeek program held in Houston is the world's premier energy event, called the "Davos of Energy".

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