By John Lee.
Baker Hughes has announced that a protest incident by local residents occurred last Saturday at a subsidiary's facility near Basra.
No injuries were suffered and the facility was secured. The incident is currently under investigation. Due to the significant disruption of business, Baker Hughes has suspended operations in Iraq, and has issued force majeure notices to its customers.
Martin Craighead, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Baker Hughes, commented:
"Baker Hughes supports the Iraqi oil industry ... And the safety and welfare of our employees are our top priorities. 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."
In a separate incident, a British employee of security firm G4S was reportedly injured by a group of workers at a Schlumberger camp near the Rumaila oilfield on Monday.
(Source: Baker Hughes)