Exxon executes preemptive evacuation of Iraq

Exxon executes preemptive evacuation of Iraq

[Ed. – Note that Exxon’s oil interests are in southern Iraq, where there is no fighting as yet.  There’s word that BP is also evacuating employees from southern Iraq.]

ExxonMobil has carried out a “major evacuation,” and BP had evacuated 20 percent of its staff, the head of Iraq’s state-run South Oil Company said Wednesday.

Dhiya Jaffar also said ENI, Schlumberger, Weatherford and Baker Hughes had no plans to evacuate staff from Iraq following the lightning advance of Sunni militants through the country. The companies, which are based in southern Iraq where the government is still in firm control, were not immediately available for comment.

“This message is not satisfactory for us. We are not convinced the work should not be done remotely. They should be here on the ground,” Jaffar told Reuters.

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“I assure the companies that the current developments in the country have not affected and will not affect in anyway the operations in the south,” he said, adding that the export level for June will be 2.7 million barrels per day.

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