(The following press release from BP was received by e-mail and was
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22 January, 2013
In Amenas situation update 8
BP today gave a further update on the situation following the terrorist
attack on the In Amenas joint venture gas facility in Algeria on
Wednesday 16 January.
As previously reported, 14 of the 18 BP employees who were at the In
Amenas site at the time of the attack have been confirmed safe. They
have all now left Algeria.
BP is in close contact with the families of the other four employees,
offering support and assistance. Respecting the families' wishes, we do
not currently intend to release information on the identities of these
Bob Dudley, group chief executive, said: "We have been gravely concerned
for these colleagues and feared one or more fatalities among their
number. It is with great sadness that I now have to say that we fear the
worst for them all. We are doing all we can to support their families
and ask everyone to show them consideration and to respect their
BP offices around the world are holding a minute's silence tomorrow,
Wednesday, one week on from the terrorist attack, as a mark of respect
for all of those who lost their lives at In Amenas.
"The terrible events of last week have affected every one of us at BP
deeply. Many of us have friends and colleagues, both in BP and in other
companies, who have worked at In Amenas or in similar facilities. We are
all thinking of our missing colleagues, those who endured the ordeal and
their loved ones," said Dudley.
"We are mindful that many others - from partners, contractors and other
companies - have died or remain unaccounted for. Our thoughts are also
with their families, friends and loved ones at this time."
BP personnel have returned to the In Amenas site to support efforts to
gather confirmed information.
In total, 43 BP staff from various locations across Algeria have left
the country over the past few days. BP is offering them assistance as
required including medical, HR and practical help.
BP emergency response teams in both Algeria and the UK are still
managing the company's response to the incident.
* In Amenas is a joint venture gas project, owned and managed by
a joint venture consisting of the Algerian state oil and gas company
Sonatrach, Statoil and BP. It is located in the eastern central region
of Algeria, about 60 km west of the Libyan border. Citizens of more than
25 countries work at In Amenas.
* It is a large operation with a significant workforce. At any
one time there might be a workforce of 500-700 on the In Amenas site.
The great majority of these are Algerian nationals working directly for
the joint venture, and for Sonatrach and contracting companies. They are
supported by a smaller international workforce, again from contractors
but also from BP and Statoil.
* BP remains committed to operating in Algeria where it has high
quality assets and has been present for over 60 years.
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