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Imperial project all clear following COVID-19 outbreak

Imperial Oil has reported that after having no new cases of COVID-19 associated with its Kearl operation in Canada since mid-May, the site is no longer listed by Alberta Health Services (AHS) as an outbreak location.

Kearl is regarded as one of Canada’s highest quality oil sands deposits and is a joint venture between Imperial (71 per cent, operator) and ExxonMobil (29 per cent).

Earlier this year, Imperial reported that there was nothing more important to the company than the safety and health of its workforce and communities.

Imperial confirmed active COVID-19 cases on its Kearl site two months ago, with the company working closely with AHS as it managed the issue.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we worked with AHS on broad COVID testing for all of our workforce at site. This testing was critically useful not only to help us get assurances on the health of our workforce, but to assist the medical community further their understanding of the virus,” Imperial reported eat the time.

Now on the other side following the COVID-19 outbreak, Imperial stated that it wanted to give a “huge shout out” to the entire Kearl family for adjusting their personal and professional lives to accommodate the extensive mitigation measures.

“While we wanted to take a moment to congratulate all those who helped get us here, rest assured we will not be letting our guard down,” Imperial stated.

The company reiterated that it would continue to adhere to strict preventive measures and safeguards at site to protect its people and the communities it operates in.