Iraq Army Called in to Halt Protest at West Qurna-2, Lukoil Says

The Iraqi army broke up a protest today by people seeking work at the OAO Lukoil-operated West Qurna-2 oil field, according to a Moscow-based company official.

Several dozen people blocked the entrance to a central processing facility run by Samsung Group, according to the official, asking not to be identified due to company policy.

The police and army were called in to restore order and no significant damage was done, the person said.

Lukoil signed a $988 million contract with Samsung to help develop West Qurna-2 in March 2012. The Moscow-based company holds 75 percent of the field after Statoil SA withdrew from the project last year. The Iraqi government controls the remaining shares.

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