Houston Chronicle

Chevron said Monday it will pull its employees out of Iraq temporarily amid an escalation in tensions following the United States’ targeted killing of Iran’s top military general.

Chevron pulls employees out of Iraq amid escalation - oil and gas 360

Source: Houston Chronicle

Chevron said it was evacuating its workers and contractors from the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq after the U.S. State Department urged Americans to flee Iraq because of concerns from Iran-backed militias and the potential targeting of Americans in the area.

“The safety of our people and facilities is Chevron’s top priority globally,” a Chevron spokeswoman said. “As a precautionary measure, Chevron’s expatriate employees and contractors have left the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for the time being.”

Chevron still has local staff overseeing its operations and its evacuated expatriate workforce will continue to work remotely from overseas, the California energy major said.

Chevron would not say how many people it is evacuating.

Other U.S. energy companies working in Iraq are preparing for heightened risks, but they’re staying mum on their plans. Exxon Mobil, which is mostly in southern Iraq, reiterated that its Iraqi production is continuing unabated, declining additional comment outside of a prepared statement.

“We are closely monitoring the situation,” said spokesman Todd Spitler. “Exxon Mobil has programs and measures in place to provide security to protect its people, operations and facilities.”

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