February 22, 2011 / 5:19 PM / 9 years ago

UPDATE 2-Suncor evacuates expatriate staff from Libya

* Most expatriate employees evacuated

* Remaining staff in safe locations

* No indication of whether Suncor oil output affected (Adds details)

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO) said on Tuesday it evacuated most of the expatriates working on its oil installations in Libya because of a crackdown on protesters against Muammar Gaddafi’s rule.

The company said in an emailed statement that the evacuations took place on Monday and Tuesday. Remaining staff are in safe locations, and the company said it has a team of safety professionals in Libya to assist them.

Suncor did not say how many employees remain in Libya or how many were evacuated. It said it would not provide further details.

Suncor, Canada’s largest oil producer and refiner, is one of a number of oil companies to remove employees from Libya as Gaddafi dispatched security forces using tanks, helicopters and warplanes to stop protests against his 41-year rule. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ FACTBOX-Libya evacuation plans [ID:nLDE71K2CF] ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

The company also did not specify if it had shut down its oil facilities in the country, where its production averaged 34,700 barrels per day in the fourth quarter. (Reporting by Scott Haggett; editing by Peter Galloway)

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