BG Group Confirms Withdrawal of Staff from Egypt

BG Group Confirms Withdrawal of Staff from Egypt

BG Group plc confirmed to Rigzone Tuesday morning that it has withdrawn expatriate staff from Egypt amid the increasing civil unrest in the country in the wake of last week's military coup.

Recent reports had indicated that the company had withdrawn 100 of its 150 expatriate staff from Egypt.

In a statement to Rigzone a BG spokesman said: "Naturally, the safety of our personnel is our first priority and fortunately all our people are safe and accounted for. We have withdrawn some of our people – non-essential staff, contractors and dependents via scheduled flights – but essential staff remain in the country."

The spokesman added that BG Group's production and LNG operations in Egypt remain unaffected by recent events in the country.

BG Group's move followed news that BP plc had also withdrawn expat staff from the country. On Monday, BP confirmed to Rigzone that it has taken out 60 of its staff as a precautionary measure and that there had been no impact on the firm's production operations.

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