BHP donates $3.35M in equipment, services to fight COVID-19 in T&T
BHP Trinidad and Tobago has pledged a TT$3.35 million contribution in equipment and services to support the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
President of BHP Trinidad and Tobago, Vincent Pereira, said while the company’s focus is ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its staff, and adhering to sanitisation and other protocols as outlined by the Ministry of Health, a fundamental area of its support to T&T is ensuring that it continues to deliver on its oil and gas production.
Pereira said: “Continuing our petroleum production is an important benefit to the nation as a whole – our electricity network, our support to the downstream sector, the national power grid. It is also a driver of revenue to the local businesses we partner with.”
BHP Trinidad and Tobago’s TT$ 3.35 million COVID-19 response plan investment includes:
Sponsoring two ventilated beds with the accompanying equipment
Providing equipment to support the establishment of field hospitals
Assisting with the purchase of surgical instruments
Provision of Employee Assistance Counselling Programme to medical staff
Care packages, food, nutrition and sustenance to medical staff, homes for the aged and children’s homes
Aspects of BHP’s support will be provided to the communities in which BHP Trinidad and Tobago operates.
As part of the COVID-19 response programme, BHP Trinidad and Tobago is also working with several suppliers of Materials and Services to arrange for them to temporarily benefit from shorter cycle payment terms by the company. This is a voluntary reduction from the current payment terms, in an effort by BHP to support the sustainability of local companies at this difficult time.