BP Confirms 60 Staff Withdrawn from Egypt

BP confirmed to Rigzone Monday that it has withdrawn approximately 60 of its staff from Egypt amid the unrest in the country following last week's military coup.

"Something like 60 people came out on Friday, just as a precaution," said a BP spokesman. "Everyone is safe and well. All our local staff are safe and well, and there's been no impact on production."

Around 40 essential expatriate staff remain and that the company's office in Cairo is open.

Monday saw further bloodshed in Egypt after a weekend of violence. The BBC reported that at least 42 people were shot dead near a military barracks in Cairo after what Egypt's army described as an attempt to storm the barracks, where ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is believed to be in detention.

BP said it remains "fully committed" to Egypt and intends to return its staff as soon as possible.

 

A former engineer, Jon is an award-winning editor who has covered the technology, engineering and energy sectors since the mid-1990s. Email Jon at jmainwaring@rigzone.com

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