Exxon Evacuates Foreign Staff From Oilfield In Iraq

Published on 18 May 2019, 21:05
Reuters reports senior Iraqi officials said Saturday Exxon Mobil has evacuated all of its foreign staff from Iraq’s West Qurna 1 oilfield and is flying them to Dubai. The evacuation followed shortly after the United States withdrew non-essential staff from its embassy in Baghdad, citing a threat from Iran. The chief of Iraq’s state-owned South Oil Company said production at the oilfield was not affected by the evacuation and that production remains at 440,000 barrels per day. He said, “Exxon Mobil’s evacuation is a precautionary and temporary measure. We have no indication over any dangers." Exxon Mobil is the lead contractor in a deal with Iraq’s South Oil Company to develop the oil field to increase its production.

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