3 Feb 2020 11:42

Gazprom doesn't think coronavirus to lead to delays in construction of Amur GPP

BLAGOVESHCHENSK. Feb 3 (Interfax) - The closure of border crossings due to the coronavirus outbreak should not lead to delays in the construction of the Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP), a project in which hundreds of Chinese citizens are employed, the Amur Integrated Project's press service told Interfax.

"The construction of the Amur GPP is going according to plan. About 450 Chinese citizens, among others, are working at the site, mainly engineering personnel of subcontracting organizations. These specialists came to Russia before the discovery of the coronavirus in China. Arrivals and departures of citizens from China and other countries of the far abroad [outside the FSU] are not planned for the near future," the press service said in response to a request for comment.

About 27,000 people are involved in the construction project. Work is currently underway on all six of the future plant's processing lines.

A Gazprom representative said that all measures required by Rospotrebnadzor to prevent the spread of the virus have been taken.

"Daily medical checkups with thermometers are envisaged for 20 days for citizens arriving from the far abroad. Continual medical monitoring has been arranged for other workers," the Amur Integrated Project said.

It said that disinfection procedures have been intensified and disinfectant lamps installed and that several medical isolation units are available.