February 22, 2011 / 9:41 AM / 7 years ago

Factbox: Country, company Libya evacuation plans

(Reuters) - Following are details on countries and companies evacuating nationals and employees from Libya or closing operations.

* denotes new or updated item.



-- A Bulgarian government airplane took off for the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and a second plane will depart later on Tuesday to evacuate Bulgarian citizens there, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. About 1,500 Bulgarians live and work in Libya, some in Libya’s second biggest city of Benghazi.


-- France said on Tuesday it is sending three military planes to Tripoli to evacuate French nationals from Libya.

-- The planes will leave later on Tuesday for Libya. Some 750 French people live in Libya, and Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said France’s ambassador there would help them reach the airport safely.


-- Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said all Germans remaining in Libya should leave the country. The Foreign Ministry would assist their repatriation where necessary.


- A Greek cargo ship sailed to Libya to evacuate Greek nationals, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The cargo ship ‘Minerva Antonia’ reached the Ra’s Lanuf port close to Syrte in Libya and will repatriate Greek citizens tomorrow, the Greek foreign ministry said in a statement.

-- About 300 Greeks live in Libya, a foreign ministry official said. The government has also said it would send military C-130 transport aircraft.


-- Iran has stopped its oil related activities in Libya and will evacuate staff from its National Iranian Drilling Company in the next 48 hours, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday.

-- Fifteen Iranian members of staff will be evacuated, Mehr said. The Mehr report said the Iranian company was involved in technical aspects of drilling for oil.


-- Italy plans to send a flight to Tripoli on Tuesday to bring back Italians who want to leave Libya, a Foreign Ministry source said.


-- Kyodo news agency reported that about 20 Japanese people in Libya are set to leave the country on Tuesday on charter flights. About 50-60 Japanese are still in the country.


-- A Dutch military plane has been given permission to land in Tripoli to evacuate Dutch citizens, the Dutch defense ministry said on Tuesday confirming a television report.

-- The foreign ministry said on Monday there were about 150 Dutch citizens in Libya.


-- Russia sent the first of four planes to Libya on Tuesday to begin evacuating some 500 of its citizens and 700 non-Russian employees of Russia’s state-owned railroad company, Russian Railways, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

-- “Overall 1,263 people are due to be evacuated: 563 Russian citizens working in Libya and 700 Turkish and Serbian citizens, working under contracts with Russian Railways,” ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said, according to Itar-Tass.


-- Serbian planes slated to evacuate Serbian citizens from Libya are still awaiting permits from authorities there, defense minister Dragan Sutanovac said.

-- Also, as many as 230 people have formed a Serbian-language Facebook group dubbed Serbs in Libya to exchange information about developments there. According to messages, all Serbs in Libya were safe.


-- Some 3,000 Tunisians crossed the border at Dhiba and Ben Gerden in southern Tunisia on Monday night, and another 1,200 are expected to be evacuated by air on Tuesday to Tunisia’s capital, state media reported.

-- Tunisia has at least 30,000 nationals in Libya and officials fear they could become targets because of Tunisia’s role in inspiring uprisings across the Arab world:


-- Nearly 600 Turks were evacuated at the weekend from Benghazi where many Turkish firms are active. Anatolian news agency reported another 250 Turks were being taken by bus from eastern Libya to the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

-- Turkey’s Foreign Trade Minister Zafer Caglayan said looters had attacked Turkish companies, which have projects in Libya worth more than $15 billion, and officials estimated there were 25,000 Turks working there.

-- Turkish companies, mostly construction firms, have some $15.3 billion worth of projects in Libya, Caglayan said. Among some 200 Turkish construction firms are active there, including Tekfen Holding and TAV Construction


-- The United States has ordered all non-emergency personnel to leave Libya. The U.S. State Department, also warning embassy family members to leave the country, said protests, violence and looting were possible during the next several days.


-- Yemeni Television said on Monday President Ali Abdullah Saleh had instructed the national airline to send flights to Libya to bring home Yemenis, including students.



-- A spokesman for Dutch builder Royal BAM said it had secured the safety of 10 expatriate employees in Libya and was investigating the best way to evacuate them.

-- He added that the company also subcontracted 200 unskilled employees, mainly of Filipino and Thai origin, and it had taken measures to ensure their safety in the country.

-- BAM provides tank construction and maintenance services for oil and gas firms in Libya, the spokesman said.


-- Spain’s Repsol shut down its oil output in Libya and the country’s marine oil terminals were blocked on Tuesday. Repsol is the second oil firm after BASF unit Wintershall to say it has stopped production in Libya. The move means that up to 135,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd), more than 8 percent of supply from Libya, has been shut down.


-- Oil major Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday that all its expatriate employees and their dependants in Libya, involved primarily in the company’s exploration activities in the country, had been relocated.


-- “We are now organizing to fly out our people out of Libya. There are a good 100 of them there, mostly in Tripoli,” a spokesman said.


-- The Norwegian fertilizer giant said on Tuesday it was closing its Lifeco joint venture in Libya as fear of growing turmoil in the country could put its 1,200 employees at risk.

Reporting by Reuters bureaux; Compiled and edited by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit and Reuters World Desk

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