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June 5, 2020

Covid-19: Schlumberger to provide ventilators during pandemic

Oilfield services company Schlumberger has collaborated with a medical device company and an automation provider to produce ventilators for Covid-19 treatment.

By Himaja Ganta

Oilfield services company Schlumberger has collaborated with a medical device company and an automation provider to produce ventilators for Covid-19 treatment.

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The initiative involves Schlumberger engineers from the Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre and Stonehouse Technology Centre.

The oilfield services firm is collaborating with two UK companies to take a ventilator prototype into production in order to support healthcare systems in developing countries combating the Covid-19 pandemic.

Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre Well Construction Science head Ashley Johnson said: “We are collaborating with two experienced companies to be able to deliver these ventilators quickly, and in a manner that’s scalable to ensure that we can help to meet the potential demand for life-saving equipment even in countries where healthcare systems are not comprehensive, or where infrastructure might pose additional challenges to running highly sophisticated medical equipment on an uninterrupted basis.”

Earlier last month, the team at SHTC initially built ten ventilators. The deployment of these ventilators will be subject to local qualification and regulation, which have not yet occurred.

Johnson added: “In combination with our key partners who provide expertise in automation and design of medical-grade equipment, we believe we can deliver a vital supply of lifesaving equipment to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic in countries where cost and infrastructure might be prohibitive in procuring and using other types of ventilators.”

In April, Schlumberger booked $8.5bn in goodwill impairments in the first quarter this year, as customers accelerated spending cuts during the continuing slump in oil markets.

In February, Schlumberger announced a new manufacturing centre in the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) in Saudi Arabia.

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