17 February 2014, News Wires – More than 1000 workers have been released from the Chevron Escravos gas-to-liquid project in Nigeria after being held hostage by protesters for about a week.
According to local media, Chevron confirmed the release of the workers on Saturday from a camp at its project in the Delta state.
“Chevron Nigeria, operator of the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture, confirms that more than 1000 junior contract workers locked down over the past five days in our Escravos gas-to-liquids camp have been freed”, Chevron reportedly said.
“The workers had been held against their will by some protesting community workers employed by local community contractors.
“The Federal Government’s security apparatus, the Joint Task Force, successfully set the workers free on Saturday February 15, 2014.”
Chevron is one of the largest investors in the Nigerian oil and gas industry, holding a number of lucrative offshore permits.