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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has swept the globe and affected every industry across the world in some way. The Oil and Gas industry is no different and has of course been affected by Covid-19. But how is the industry responding to it? How is the sector pulling together and fighting back?
The retail, travel and property sectors, and many more besides, may be forever altered because of this worldwide pandemic. This could be because whole workforces are now working from home, or that sales networks have been re-routed, or that supply and demand has been affected exponentially by government-enforced lockdown rules. Companies and organisations around the globe are finding new ways to operate and new ways to connect with their customers.
Understandably, as a supplier of pipes fittings and flanges to the oil and gas world, Special Piping Materials’ global offices have also been affected by Covid-19.
While some team members are working remotely from home, we are encouraging them to reach out to our suppliers and customers – maybe it’s more important than ever right now to stay connected.
Be sure to contact any of the Special Piping Materials offices around the world (Manchester, Aberdeen, Dubai, Perth, Austin, Singapore or Rio de Janeiro) if you have a query about our products or materials, and a member of our team will be able to help and assist.
Special Piping Materials has developed an action plan to make sure that all our employees are safe, while also maintaining a very high level of service for our clients.
All of our offices around the globe are following their respective government guidelines. For example, in the UK, our teams are working from home as much as possible and our online systems are keeping our service smooth and efficient.
Although it is a new way of working for many of us, all of our global offices remain operational. The majority of staff are working from home, while others are practising social distancing guidelines as they work in our warehouses. Because of this, we can continue to cater for any of our clients’ needs and there is no disruption in our quoting, sales or processing services.
Our systems are allowing us to meet new and long-standing client requirements. This could be through the supply of products, the organisation of inspections, the processing of expediting requests or by dealing with testing queries. Of course, we are also still generally sourcing and supplying high quality products in stainless steel and other exotic materials such as duplex, super duplex, 6% Moly and nickel alloys. Our warehouses around the world are well-stocked and their contents are invariably in high demand.
Further to this, our experienced team members are remaining in close contact with our network of mills and manufactures across the globe. This is to ensure that our supply chain remains intact and as efficient as possible while still ensuring that we are assisting in the worldwide efforts to stop the Covid-19 pandemic.
Oil prices around the world have unfortunately seen a downturn recently. This is mainly due to oil output negotiations between the OPEC+ community, however it has been exacerbated due to a global reduction in demand for oil due to varying Covid-19 government legislation guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus.
It is fair to say though that the oil and gas industry has previously faced many challenges and has overcome them by working together cleverly to find solutions and move forwards.
The challenges that Covid-19 poses to the industry are no different and therefore it is expected that the oil and gas industry will recover. The question really is how long it will take to get there.
Organisations and leading oil and gas companies around the world are working hard and this period of time will unquestionably move to the pages of history.
Companies in the oil and gas industry are well-placed to help fight the spread of coronavirus due to our significant assets and global reach. Organisations from across the world are working to join in with the cause against Covid-19, whether this is through the donation of time, money or resources.
Here are some examples of where the industry is doing its bit:
It is these actions, and the actions of millions more people across the world that we need to focus on. As the Covid-19 pandemic does its best to keep people apart, we must ensure that positivity reigns and that the oil and gas industry remains cohesive and capable.
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