August 11, 2018 - Oil companies engaged in exploration projects in Ethiopian Somali region have evacuated their staff to Addis Ababa, according to the Reporter.
This follows the deteriorating security situation in the region where conflict erupted in the regional capital, Jigjiga, and other places. Civilians have been killed and houses, business establishment and churches have been looted and torched in Jigjiga and other small towns in the region.
According to the Reporter, Poly GCL Petroleum Investments, the Chinese company engaged in oil and gas exploration and development projects in the Ogaden basin, has evacuated its key personnel by air early this week. Sources told The Reporter that the company transported its key personnel mostly Chinese by chartered plane since July 29. Ethiopian Airlines has suspended flights to the region. The Chinese petroleum experts and engineers were stationed in Hilala, Calub and Warder oil and gas projects. Sources said the oil workers will be redeployed to the project sites once the security situation improves.
Another Chinese company, BGP Geoservices, which is contracted by Poly-GCL, has also evacuated its staff to Addis Ababa. BGP has transported its team of Chinese petroleum experts by a chartered plane. BGP is a geophysical service company that collects, interprets and process seismic data.