18 January 2013 08:49 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Statoil has managed to send 40 of its Algeria-based employees out of the north African country, where eight of its workers at In Amenas gas field may or may not be being held captive by militants, the Norwegian energy firm said on Friday.
“In total, 40 Statoil employees have now travelled out of Algeria. These employees include personnel from the In Salah facility and the first five employees from In Amenas,” it said in a latest statement.
The employees were flown to Bergen, Norway, in batches.
“We have no further information on the remaining 8 Statoil employees at In Amenas,” the company said.
On 16 January, the In Amenas gas field was attacked and occupied by militants, with some 41 foreign nationals at the site believed to have been taken hostage, including Statoil employees.
The gas field is a joint venture between Statoil, UK’s BP and Algerian state-owned oil firm Sonatrach.
A total of 17 Statoil employees were at In Amenas when the attack occurred, five of which were reported safe.
Three of the remaining 12 at In Amenas were declared in safety on Thursday and were sent to Algiers, the capital of Algeria.
“Over the course of the night [Thursday] we have received confirmation that one additional Statoil employee was brought to safety. The situation for the remaining 8 [eight] employees at In Amenas remains uncertain,” Statoil said.
“The person who came to safety over the course of the night is now receiving medical treatment at a hospital in In Amenas,” it said.
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