13 October 2016, Houston — The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed to Rigzone that the Romanian engineer abducted in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta region has been released.
Following the incident, representatives of the Romanian diplomatic mission were in close contact with the Nigerian federal authorities, the employer and the family of the Romanian citizen. Reuters reported earlier this week that the engineer worked for Dextron Nigeria Ltd, an engineering, procurement, construction, and management company which works in the oil and gas sector.
In a warning to its citizens, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its people in conflict/high-risk security areas to contact the nearest Romanian diplomatic mission to register their presence in the region, so they can benefit from more efficient consular assistance and protection.
“Thanks…to the institutions participating in the MFA Crisis Unit and Nigerian authorities for their involvement and support in this case,” said a Romanian ministry representative in a statement sent to Rigzone.
There have been a number of attacks on oil and gas facilities in Nigeria this year, with militant group the Niger Delta Avengers blowing up two Chevron wells in June. These attacks on Nigeria’s energy infrastructure sent shockwaves throughout the country as the disruption in supply posed a significant threat to the economy.
*Andreas Exarheas – Rigzone