Some Kazakh oilmen avoid work after deadly clashes

December 17, 2011 07:35


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ALMATY - Some employees of KazMunaiGas Exploration Production are staying away from work because they fear for their safety after violent clashes killed at least 10 people in a western Kazakh oil city, the company said on Saturday.

London-listed KMG EP said Kazakhstan's Interior Ministry was providing armed security at key oil production facilities after the clashes on Friday, when a crowd set fire to the headquarters of its Uzenmunaigas unit in the city of Zhanaozen.

The company said in a statement it was maintaining daily oil production levels by keeping employees working round the clock.

"Some Uzenmunaigas workers failed to appear for the night shift and the morning shift on December 16 and 17," KMG EP said.

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