Basra Gas Company evacuates expat staff during protests

Foreign staff of the Shell-Mitsubishi-Iraq joint venture left the country after local workers protested for unpaid salaries.
Basra Gas Company evacuates expat staff during protests
A Basra Gas Company worker at the Nahr Bin Omar oil field takes part in the opening of a new pipeline sending gas to the national network on Jan. 12, 2017. (JASSIM AL-JABIRI/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - Dozens of foreign staff of the Basra Gas Company (BGC) were sent from Basra to Rotterdam and London Wednesday afternoon, as payment disputes led to protests inside company facilities in southern Iraq, according to three company officials, an airport official, and flight records.

The BGC is a joint venture of state-run South Gas Company (SGC), the majority shareholder, and Royal Dutch Shell and Mitsubishi, which own 44 and 5 percent, respectively.

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