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In response to the COVID-19 virus, NGC Group has taken the lead in operationalising its Business Continuity Plan (BCP) to circumvent the potential threat of the virus to its operations and by extension, our stakeholders and the country. NGC’s BCP was developed in alignment with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is focused on employee safety and operational fidelity across its group of companies. The BCP was activated on Jan 26 2020, and initial activities focused on raising the level of awareness of its employees around COVID-19 via signage throughout our facilities; through daily HSSE email alerts; the hosting of an all employee town hall with the company’s doctor, which was streamed to desktops. NGC Group also increased sanitization of the workplace and placed hand sanitizers in all public spaces. Strict travel restrictions were immediately implemented with further travel declarations mandated consistent with guidance provided by the Ministry of Health.
Following the Government’s announcement regarding the institutionalization of pandemic leave and updates of confirmed COVID-19 cases, NGC activated the following measures from its BCP:
- Gas to power assurance: The Company has taken its critical role in supply to power very seriously and has ensured that an uninterrupted gas supply is maintained so that T&TEC can maintain normal operations. NGC’s upstream partners and gas suppliers are maintaining normal gas supply and no downtime is scheduled for our downstream customers. Downstream consumers have not indicated any plans to curtail operations. NGC will also continue to communicate its BCP to ensure that there is integration with upstream suppliers, downstream customers and other key stakeholders such as suppliers during this pandemic.
- Communications: NGC has reorganised its website to facilitate consistent information sharing from reliable sources and posts these on its website and social media platforms. This includes daily updates and a real time tracker system so that visitors to the website can see what the national and global response to COVID-19 is. Employees continue to receive daily email blasts utilising WHO information, MOH information, BCP recommendations and HSSE notices. NGC has started to provide regular updates to PLEA and ODPM on business continuity planning with suppliers, downstream customers and Utilities and other critical services. It will also support media houses in its programming to keep the wider public informed.