ExxonMobil Starts Removing US Employees from Russia

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Exxon Mobil has begun removing U.S. employees working in Russia, according to a person familiar with the matter. The departures include staff from its large oil and gas production operations on Sakhalin Island in Russia's Far East.

Exxon last year employed more than 1,000 people across Russia with offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Yuzhno-Sakhalinst, according to its website.

The company operates three large offshore oil and gas fields with operations based on Sakhalin Island. The number of expatriate staff being evacuated was unclear on Tuesday.

An Exxon spokesperson did not reply to a request for comment.

The company, which has been developing its Russian oil and gas fields since 1995, has come under pressure to cut its ties with Russia over the country's invasion of Ukraine. This week, rivals BP Plc, Shell Plc and Equinor halted or disclosed plans to exit Russian investments or halt operations.

The Sakhalin facilities, which Exxon has operated since production began in 2005, represents one of the largest single direct investments in Russia, according to its website. The operation has pumped up to 300,000 barrels per day of oil and gas.

(Reuters - Reporting by Gary McWilliams)

Categories: Russia Industry News Activity Production Natural Gas

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