The first day of April is traditionally a day for good-humoured hoaxes. However, under the current COVID-19 circumstances—where countries, cities, and businesses across the world face lockdown in varying degrees—this year’s April Fool is no joke as we face unprecedented challenges to our health systems and economies.
Originally published in the ESI Africa final newsletter for 2019 on 1/04/2020
On the whole, I’ve been impressed at how smoothly the energy market has responded to the threat that quarantine measures can have on this essential industry. In these exceptional times, utility continuity plans and crisis management must be coupled with best practice guidelines (see webinar series below) to ensure the safety of workers is kept top of mind.
As Ellington Nxumalo, the CEO of South African junior mining company Lurco, pointed out: “At such a critical junction for our country, ensuring uninterrupted energy supply for those businesses and services that are critical to maintaining societal well-being and fighting this outbreak is a major priority.” Nxumalo goes on to recommend six strategies to manage the COVID-19 risk in the coal sector. You can read it here.
While the global nuclear industry has also responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by building on a strong safety culture that already exists. This sector has taken precautions in its mining activities, reactor operations, plant construction, waste management and decommissioning, and regulatory inspections. You can find out more here.
Webinar series: Keeping you posted on crisis management
In this time of upheaval, I invite you to tune in for a real-time virtual discussion where key utilities around the world—who are dealing with the challenge of keeping services operational in an age of social distancing and isolation—will share their best practices and insights.
Those tuning in on the day will have an opportunity to ask the panel questions and get insight into:
- The coping mechanisms to ensure that the needs of employees and customers remain served.
- The financial implications this pandemic has on projects that are mid-construction.
- How supplier issues are impacting businesses and what mitigation processes have been implemented.
- The impact of a shifting energy load, from commercial and industrial to largely domestic.
- How technology has enabled the continuation of operations and ensured reliability of service.
Registration is free for these global broadcasts!
While the pandemic will undoubtedly have far-reaching consequences, the need to remain in touch, engaged and in communication with the world remains essential.
I will be moderating the Africa broadcast and trust that—no matter which industry you are from—you will join me in discovering best practices to put your mind at ease.
Until next week.