The Husky Upgrader is set to begin a six-week turnaround next month for required maintenance, which was supposed to take place earlier in the year.
In a release, the organization said Lloydminster residents may witness an increase in traffic going in and out of the upgrader site.
This is due to Husky employing over 3,000 workers between day and night shifts at the peak of the maintenance work, with fewer workers during other stages.
The company will have contractors coming in to inspect, clean and replace equipment to continue optimal operations.
“Our priority is and will remain the health and safety of our workforce, their families and the community. We have carefully evaluated the local COVID-19 situation and will continue to monitor it closely,” said Husky spokesperson Kim Guttormson in a press release on Wednesday.
Husky has also outlined safety precautions and protocols before and during the turnaround to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Temperature checks will take place before workers come on-site and employees will not be allowed on-site if they feel ill.
There will be a shift management strategy in place to limit interaction between workers, and they will be required to take staggered breaks and wear masks where social distancing can’t be maintained.
The organization has also implemented an isolation protocol for those with COVID-19 symptoms.
Husky said they’re following the advice and direction of health authorities and are consulting independent medical expertise.