COVID-19 has drastically cut oil demand for the energy sector, leaving many companies in difficult spots as they consider what the industry will look like for the rest of 2020 and beyond. Despite these challenges, industry players have stepped up to support first responders and community organizations across the nation. Here are just a few examples:
The Maritime Executive reports Cheniere has made donations to help cover food for those in need as well as supply provisions and equipment to benefit first responders and frontline healthcare workers in locations where the company has offices or facilities such as Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington D.C., the U.K., and China.
The Beaver County Times reported Energy Transfer, the parent company of the Revolution pipeline in Beaver County, PA, donated much-needed funds to local food bank Faith Restorations. The company also donated new technology to first responders in SE Pennsylvania to help them fight the spread of COVID-19.
ExxonMobil is partnering with the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) to aid development of reusable personal protection equipment (PPE) for health care workers that are low in supply amid the pandemic. An article in WorldOil reports ExxonMobil will use its experience with polymer-based technologies to expedite third-party production of this equipment that can be worn and sterilized several times. The production of this equipment is crucial to saving lives.
For an industry that is dealing with detrimental and unforeseen challenges, these acts of kindness are a big feat in helping to fight the pandemic.