BP CONFIRMS SECURITY INCIDENT AT AMENAS GAS FIELD IN ALGERIA

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by BP and received via e-mail. The release was confirmed
by the sender.) 
January 16th 
We can confirm that there is an ongoing security incident at the
In Amenas gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria.
The In Amenas field is operated by a joint venture of Sonatrach
(the Algerian national oil company), BP and Statoil. 
The site was attacked and occupied by a group of unidentified
armed people at about 0500 UK time. Contact with the site is
extremely diffficult, but we understand that armed individuals
are still occupying the In Amenas operations site. 
Our absolute priority is the safety and security of our
staff.The site is normally manned by staff and contractors from
the joint venture. We do not yet have confirmed information on
the status of personnel at the site but believe some are being
held by the occupiers. 
We are attempting to get confirmed information at the moment as
to whether there have been any injuries to personnel at the
site. 
We do not have confirmed information on the identity or
intention of the people occupying the site. 
Algerian authorities are engaged with the incident. UK
authorities, Norwegian and other governments have also been
advised and are engaged. Algerian local authorities are working
with the joint venture and with BP and Statoil. 
BP has activated its emergency response system and is contacting
relatives of its people on the site. 
Background on In Amenas: 
In Amenas is a wet-gas field, operated in partnership between
Algerian state oil company, Sonatrach, with BP and Statoil. The
field is approx. 1300km from Algiers and about 60km west of the
Libyan border. 
Sheila Williams
BP Group Press Officer
Tel: (office) + 44 (0)2074964851
e-mail:   sheila.williams@uk.bp.com 
(sgp) NY 
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