12 November 2013, News Wires – Houston-based oilfield services giant Baker Hughes said it has declared force majeure after suspending its operations in Iraq following a “protest incident” by local residents at a facility near Basra.
The company offered few details on the incident, which occurred on Saturday. An investigation is ongoing.
“No injuries were suffered and the facility was secured,” Baker Hughes said in a statement on Monday.
“Baker Hughes supports the Iraqi oil industry, and the safety and welfare of our employees are our top priorities,” said chief executive Martin Craighead. “While we investigate this incident, and until the work environment has stabilized, we are halting activities in Iraq.
“We hope to resolve this issue in a timely manner, and resume operations in support of our customers and the country of Iraq, as soon as it is safe to do so.”