UPDATE 1-CNPC, CNOOC and Sinopec withdraw all staff from Libya

Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:56am GMT
 

* Chinese oil firms withdraw all staff from Libya

* CNPC halts production, seals equipment (Adds CNOOC and Sinopec)

BEIJING Feb 28 (Reuters) - China's three major state-owned oil and gas companies have evacuated all their Chinese employees out of Libya, the companies said.

China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), parent of PetroChina (0857.HK: Quote)(601857.SS: Quote)(PTR.N: Quote), said it has halted production operations and sealed equipment in Libya and evacuated all of its 391 Chinese employees.

The top Chinese oil and gas firm said in a company newspaper its last group of employees had arrived safely in Tunisia on Sunday and would fly back to China.

The China Petroleum Daily report did not disclose CNPC's businesses in Libya, other than saying many projects were in the Libyan desert.

Some of its project camps and operating sites had been attacked, CNPC said last week. [ID:nTOE71N00O]

All 77 Chinese employees of China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), parent of CNOOC Ltd (0883.HK: Quote)(CEO.N: Quote), have left Libya and the last batch will arrive in Beijing by Monday night, the company said in a report on its website (www.cnooc.com.cn).

Sinopec Group, parent of Sinopec Corp (0386.HK: Quote)(600028.SS: Quote), had only seven employees in Libya and all of them returned to Beijing on Sunday.

China's Ministry of Commerce has said 75 Chinese companies have operations in Libya and China had evacuated almost 16,000 of its citizens by Saturday. (Reporting by Jim Bai and Tom Miles; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

 
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