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In Amenas situation update

Release date: 16 January 2013

Issued by: London press office - 10.00 GMT

 

 We can confirm that there has been a security incident this morning at the In Amenas gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria. The In Amenas field is operated by a joint venture of which BP is a member. We have no more confirmed details at this time. We will provide further updates. 

 

Algerian authorities are engaged with the incident; UK authorities have also been advised.

 

BP has activated its emergency response system and is setting up a helpline for relatives

 

Background on In Amenas

 

 In Amenas is a wet-gas field, operated by a joint venture of BP/Statoil and Sonatrach, the Algerian state company. The field is approx. 1300km from Algiers and 300km form Hassi Massoud.

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Contacts

 

BP press office, London, +44 (0)20 7496 4076, bppress@bp.com