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ExxonMobil employees begun evacuating oil field in Basra - Report

Gasoil News - Published on Tue, 21 May 2019

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AP reported that Iraqi officials said that employees of Energy giant ExxonMobil have begun evacuating from an oil field in the southern Iraqi province of Basra but work at the field is still ongoing. The evacuation comes amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran. The US has already ordered all nonessential diplomatic staff out of Iraq. As tensions escalate, there are concerns that Baghdad could once again get caught in the middle. The country hosts more than 5,000 US troops, and is home to powerful Iranian-backed militias, some of whom want those US forces to leave.

An Iraqi oil official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, said all those who are being evacuated are foreigners or Iraqis who hold additional national citizenships. The official did not give numbers but said the first group left two days ago and another batch left early Saturday.

Ms Julie L King, media relations advisor at ExxonMobil headquarters in Irving, Texas "We continue to closely monitor. As a matter of practice, we don't share specifics related to operational staffing at our facilities." She added that ExxonMobil has programs and measures in place to provide security to protect its people, operations and facilities.

Ms King wrote in an email "We are committed to ensuring the safety of our employees and contractors at all of our facilities around the world. An Iraqi security official confirmed that ExxonMobil's employees are evacuating the West Qurna 1 oil field in Basra province, adding that "the vast majority of the evacuees are Americans."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 21 May 2019
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