LONDON Aug 11 Independent oil and gas explorer
Petroceltic and its partner Hess Middle East New
Ventures have suspended operations in Iraqi Kurdistan
and are evacuating non-essential staff, the Irish company said
"It has been decided, as a precautionary measure, to
temporarily secure and suspend operations, including the
drilling of Shireen-1 exploration well in the Dinarta licence,"
Petroceltic said in a statement.
The partners' decision follows announcements on evacuations
and suspensions of production from other oil companies active in
the region as violence spreads with the advance of Islamic State
(Reporting by Karolin Schaps; editing by Keiron Henderson)