It’s extraordinary to think that when we should have been gearing up for the main global oil and gas event of the year, instead we are mostly staying indoors for the foreseeable future. This doesn’t mean however that we down tools.
It is time to take a different approach to doing business. Now that OTC has been cancelled this year, there will be no more walking for miles criss-crossing the site of NRG Centre in Houston until your feet are ready to fall off. No more cognitive overload as you try to take in the thousands of exhibits and showcases.
No more diaries packed out with days and days of breakfast events, lunch and dinner meetings and networking receptions.
Instead business has gone mainly online. Group calls, emails, working from home, more group calls. Our staff at Texo Engineering are busy with client RFQs as well as detailed design & engineering scopes. Texo DSI is delivering ultra-high definition 3D survey data sets to clients and their suppliers to help them manage and maintain their North Sea assets.
Meanwhile, Texo Accommodation is busy delivering test centres and temporary units to allow social distancing and increased hygiene as required by essential facilities to reduce the spread of the virus.
Of course, not all of us can work from home. There is still essential work that needs to be done to ensure critical national infrastructure is delivered and maintained.
Texo Integrity + is continuing to deliver necessary inspection and maintenance work in the Norwegian and UK North Sea. Likewise, Texo Fabrication is working to meet the needs of clients in the energy industry, a sector that is essential to ensuring the lights stay on.
This means taking the best care possible. At Texo Group we believe we have implemented some of the most stringent measures ensuring the safety of our workers, based on best practice and including regular health screening, social distancing scheduling and space allocation and regular and frequent deep cleaning schedules.
We take our hard hats off to each and every one of our staff and contractors. In particular, those who are going out to workplaces, where it is possible and necessary.
Resilience is key. Adapting to changes in circumstance is how we will continue to exceed our customers’ expectations.
If there have been silver linings to the clouds caused by coronavirus, it is the sense that businesses are pulling together. I see greater collaboration and mutual support. Business in the age of coronavirus seems just a little kinder. Stay safe, everyone.