* More than doubles security staff in international division
* Names first head of security, emergency preparedness
* Statoil board to see internal inquiry report in mid-Sept
OSLO, June 21 Norway's Statoil has set
up a separate division focused on security and emergency
procedures in response to an attack in January on its gas plant
in Algeria by Islamist militants.
The firm also said on Friday it had more than doubled the
number of security staff in its international division compared
with last year. It is also increasing security personnel in
other divisions and has appointed Helga Nes, a long-standing
Statoil official, as its first head of security, from July 1.
In January, Islamist gunmen had attacked the In Amenas plant
in Algeria, jointly owned by Statoil, BP, and Algeria's
Since then Statoil has been conducting an internal inquiry
into security at the facility.
"The appointment and the organisational changes are a part
of a broader response from Statoil to the tragedy," the firm
said in a statement.
Statoil said it had reviewed security arrangements at the In
Amenas gas plant in Algeria together with BP and Sonatrach.
"So far we are pleased with the progress, but we need to
take the time necessary to complete all measures before a
decision to return personnel can be taken," it said.
The plant resumed partial production in February but with
limited numbers of non-Algerian staff.
A report on Statoil's internal inquiry into the attack will
be presented to the company board in mid-September, after which
it will be made public.