Algeria presses energy firms to remain despite terror strikes

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CAIRO — Algeria has urged foreign energy companies to remain in the
North African country in wake of a major attack by Al Qaida.

BP said it had about 56 employees in Algeria at the time of the Ein Amenas attack, and more than 25 had been pulled out among several hundred staff from other companies. /Reuters

Officials said the Energy Ministry was contacting Western and other
foreign contractors to maintain operations in Algeria.

The officials said the Energy Ministry assured such companies as British Petroleum and others that their personnel would be protected from attack.

“We will continue to provide all support that Sonatrach and its partners might demand,” Energy Minister Yusef Yusefi said.

On Jan. 29, Yusefi said France’s Schlumberger and Spain’s Gas Natural
Fenosa would remain in Algeria amid the Al Qaida threat.

Yusefi said 40 Schlumberger staffers were rescued in Ein Amenas.

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