Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Updated: Attack on BP, Statoil Algerian gas plant

Algeria is a core asset for Oxy, company officials said on its recent conference call, and is not for sale, unlike Ghana.

Statoil said it has mobilised an emergency response organisation after the In Salah Gas asset in Algeria was hit by explosive munitions earlier today.

Oil major BP alongside its Norwegian partner and Sonatrach had only recently launched production at the site.

It is understood all staff members have been accounted for with no injuries.

It’s understood several rounds of mortar fire were launched against the facility but no damage or injuries were caused, according to local reports.

A spokeswoman for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was aware of the situation and liaising with BP.

She said it was not currently aware of any British nationals involved in the incident.

The FCO spokeswoman said: “We are aware of an incident and are in close touch with BP who are leading on the response with the Algerian authorities.

“This is a very remote location in the centre of Algeria.”

In Salah map

The Norwegian operator has mobilised staff in Stavanger but the company confirmed it had been in touch with its three employees at Krechba who have been confirmed as not injured and safe.

Algerian Army Forces are believed to have intervened to fight off the attacks which is believed to have been carried out by a terrorist organisation.

Norwegian Foreign Ministry have reported Algerian state security forces now have control of the situation.

The incident is understood to have happened a t 6.00am local time.

A spokesman said Statoil is still working to get an overview of the situation but has so far not heard of anyone being injured during the attack.

The joint venture, with BP and Sonatrach, has mobilised its emergency response organisation.

In 2013, Forty hostages were killed at a plant in Algeria during a four-day stand-off.

A spokesman for BP said: “BP has been informed of a rocket attack on the Krechba site at the In Salah Gas Joint Venture in Algeria from outside the site perimeter, reported at approximately 05:30 AM UK time / 06:30 Algiers time.

“There are no reports of any injuries to personnel at the site and the Central Processing Facility (CPF) has been shutdown as a safety precaution.

“BP’s first priority is the safety of people. All BP staff in Algeria have been accounted for and there are no injuries.

“We are in touch with the In Salah Gas Joint Venture team, our joint venture partners Statoil and Sonatrach and all relevant stakeholders and are providing support to ensure the safety of those involved.”

More to follow.

Recommended for you


More from Energy Voice

Latest Posts