WTS Rentals Announces Partnership with Alberta Lab to Offer Testing Service for Covid-19
WTS Rentals, a division of Centurion CRS, is delivering a new Covid-19 testing service via sewage suveillance collection.
ALBERTA, CANADA, September 2020 – Centurion Group (“Centurion”), a global leader in the supply of critical services to the oil & gas, mining, infrastructure, power, environmental and renewable energy industries, is proud to offer communities and work sites a testing service for Covid-19 via sewage surveillance collection.
WTS Rentals, a division of Centurion CRS, is delivering the testing in partnership with a reputable Alberta based laboratory. The test identifies the presence of the SARs-CoV-2 virus in wastewater. In addition, our consortium was able to get a full virus RNA sequence from a positive sewage sample, an industry first in Canada.
WTS has strong experience in the wastewater management industry, having provided government approved wastewater treatment systems for work camps and work sites across Western Canada since the year 2000.
As part of Centurion Group’s response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, WTS’ use of wastewater surveillance and testing for the SARs-CoV-2 virus will provide businesses and governments with an early warning detection method for the Covid-19 disease. This critical information will allow Centurion clients to monitor and facilitate the necessary action to prevent the spread of the virus and continue to operate sites at the highest levels of health and safety.
This is a cost-effective means to track the presence of the virus and will be used at sites ranging from schools and recreational grounds to work camps and industrial facilities [across Western Canada].
WTS, in collaboration with its lab partner, is leveraging 20 years of experience by developing mobile testing for Covid-19 wherever it is needed. This will allow for significant savings in testing turnaround time and therefore can better respond to localized outbreaks; whether in a remote man-camp setting, senior’s residence or industrial facility. WTS has successfully developed its own full Covid-19 testing capabilities for the Canada market and is ready to deploy testing kits in short notice. [Link]
Living and work spaces are fumigated in preparation for staffing or crew changes, using health Canada approved disinfectant and the appropriate PPE.
University of Arizona successfully prevented a Covid-19 outbreak in August by surveilling the raw sewage produced by the University dorms. The sample results came back positive. The students were then individually tested and two had confirmed cases. WTS did lab testing through the University of Arizona back in May and June to assist with the development of their testing program. [Link]
Trevor Williams, President of Canada Rentals & Services said: “Our testing service will give Centurion CRS clients peace of mind. By regular testing of wastewater we can ensure the health and safety of colleagues across their sites. As we emerge from lockdown across Canada it is vital that businesses test to keep their colleagues and clients safe and businesses running.”
Fernando Assing, CEO of Centurion, commented: “The health and safety of our people continues to be of paramount importance to us. This partnership is testament to Centurion Group’s innovation and use of new technology to support our customers’ business continuity. The testing technology has been rigorously piloted to scientifically validate our methodology and ensure robust results. We look forward to providing some support to local communities and businesses during this time of uncertainty.”
[The test itself is qPCR-based, performed at international standards using state-of-the-art technology at CDC and Health Canada specifications. [RNA extracted from the wastewater sample is analyzed for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 genes using the qRT-PCR assay. This technique duplicates a select sequence of genetic code through a series of chemical reactions and these reactions will recognize its genetic sequence and the probes will create a fluorescent signal, giving a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2.]
About Centurion Group
Centurion is a global leader in the supply of critical services to the oil & gas, mining, infrastructure, power, environmental and renewable energy industries. It combines the scale and the breadth of offerings via its global segments: Accommodation & Modular Solutions (AMS); Drilling, Completions and Production (DCP) and Infrastructure (INF), with strong local presence in key energy markets like US, Canada, UK & Europe, Caspian, South East Asia and Australia, to deliver value to customers around the world.
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