Willbros Taking Action to Secure Release of Employees

Willbros Group has confirmed that its pipelay vessel WB 318 was subject to a hostage-taking incident while working on an oil project of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd in offshore waters near Forcados, Nigeria. The Company confirmed that nine persons were taken hostage: three U.S., one British, two Egyptian, two Thai and one Filipino national. Willbros noted that it has not, at this time, been contacted by the group which has claimed responsibility. The Company has a crisis management team working closely with the appropriate parties and authorities to seek an early and safe resolution of the situation.

Willbros Group, Inc. is an independent contractor serving the oil, gas and power industries, providing engineering and construction, and facilities development and operations services to industry and government entities worldwide.