Update: The worker is an Alaskan who had recently traveled out of state but returned before the mandatory 14-day quarantine was put into effect.
BP Alaska is stopping all non-essential activity on the North Slope after a worker at Prudhoe Bay tested positive for coronavirus.
In an emailed statement, BP said the company is ” following procedures and protocols to minimize the risk of COVID19 and ensure the safety of our people.” MRAK has learned that at least three other people on the Slope are being tested, but it’s clear that the person who arrived in camp came on a plane with many other workers.
BP, in the Alaska oil business since1959, operates Prudhoe Bay, with a working interest of 26 percent. It accounts for about half of the oil in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System and is in the middle of selling its Alaska assets to Hilcorp.
Earlier this week, BP announced it was donating $2 million to the World Health Organization to fight the spread of COVID-19 through the BP Foundation.