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cnbc withdraws employees from West Qurna field - 1
Economy News - Baghdad
The Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has withdrawn about 20 employees from West Qurna-1 oil field as tensions escalate in the region, a source familiar with the company said in Beijing on Wednesday.
CNBC declined to comment on the matter.
"CNBC withdrew its personnel from West Qurna on January 5, after a decision by Exxon as the operator, immediately after the killing of the United States, Soleimani," the source said.
Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, was killed in a US airliner strike in Iraq last week.
Iran fired missiles at US-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of the day in response to Soleimani's assassination, fueling fears of a wider war in the Middle East.
ExxonMobil has yet to respond to an email request for comment.
The source, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said that CNBC had kept its approximately 60 employees in Rumaila, another Iraqi oil field in which it works with BP, which operates it.
The Chinese company has about 100 employees in Halfaya, which is the third major oil field in Iraq that is operated by CNBC.
"The crews in Rumaila and Halfaya inform the headquarters of developments in the security situation daily. There are no evacuation plans yet," the source added.
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