A worker who was airlifted from the Ninian Southern North Sea platform last week has tested positive for coronavirus.
Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) International confirmed that the employee, who was working for an unnamed contracting firm, was evacuated on Friday (April 3) and flown by the coastguard to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI).
CNR said the reason for removing the worker was “not directly related to symptoms consistent with Covid-19”.
But it added that the worker was subsequently tested for the virus and found to be positive.
The worker is understood to still be still receiving treatment at ARI.
A spokeswoman for CNR International said: “CNR International can confirm that on Friday, April 3, an employee from a contracting company was transported from the Ninian Southern platform to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by HM Coastguard.
“Although the reason was not directly related to symptoms consistent with Covid-19, CNR International has subsequently learned the employee has been tested and found to be positive for Covid-19.
“They are continuing to receive treatment and their family have been made aware.
“Maintaining the health and safety of all personnel is paramount. CNR International is continuing to follow all guidance from the Government and Oil and Gas UK, as well as its own procedures.
“This includes reducing offshore personnel to close to an operational minimum, applying stringent hygiene protocols and completing pre-screening criteria which includes a review of travel history and temperature checks for all personnel prior to travelling to CNR International installations, to minimize the risk of infection to our key offshore workers.”