Shell evacuates foreign staff from Iraq


Shell has evacuated about 60 of its foreign staff from Iraq’s Basra Gas Company and flew them out of Iraq on Wednesday, two Basra Gas Company executives told Reuters.

The staff were evacuated for security reasons after workers who had been laid off from work staged a protest in the Basra Gas Company headquarters and close to another company compound, two officials said.

Basrah Gas Company is an Iraqi joint venture established between the Iraqi Government, Shell and Mitsubishi to fulfill Iraq’s strategy of energy independence and further investment in its natural gas resources.