Four BP staff, five Statoil workers missing in Algeria hostage crisis

21 January 2013 04:16  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Four employees of UK energy firm BP and five workers of Norway’s Statoil in Algeria are still missing as of Monday morning, after the bloody conclusion to the hostage crisis at In Amenas gas field.

Over the weekend, Algerian troops stormed the militant-occupied gas field, ending the hostage crisis of dozens of foreign workers – including Americans, British, Japanese, Norwegian and Romanians – with the death toll at 80, according to media reports.

“The situation remains unresolved for five Statoil employees and neither the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs nor Statoil have information regarding their whereabouts,” Statoil said in a statement early on Monday.

The Norwegian oil firm has 17 staff present at the site when the attack occurred on 16 January, with 12 now confirmed safe.

BP, on the other hand, said that it has no further confirmed information regarding four of the 14 employees present at the site when the militants attacked, it said in a separate statement.

The In Amenas gas field is jointly operated by Algerian state-owned Sonatrach, BP and Statoil.

BP said that more than 35 of its employees in Algeria were flown out of the country on Monday as a “precautionary measure”.

“BP will keep the security situation under close review across the region in the coming days,” the UK energy firm said.

By: Pearl Bantillo
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