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StatoilHydro (STL.OL) said on Tuesday it is considering pulling
the families of its foreign workers out of Iran due to security
concerns after Friday's presidential elections.
StatoilHydro, which is part of the South Pars gas project,
has 120 workers in Iran. About half are foreigners.
"We are very likely to ask the families of ex-pats to leave
Iran ... The object is safety and nothing else," StatoilHydro
spokesman Kai Nielsen told Reuters.
"We are following the situation very closely," he said,
adding that for the time being there were no plans to ask staff
Nielsen said Statoil shut its Tehran office for the day
because of nearby street protests after a disputed presidential
poll that prompted the biggest protests since the 1979 Islamic
Statoil's head office is in Iran are in Tehran and the
company has offices nearer the South Pars project site. A number
of the ex-pat's families are in Tehran.
(Reporting by Wojciech Moskwa; Editing by Louise Ireland)