3 French workers kidnapped after attack on oil field offshore Nigeria

By Phaedra Friend Troy

An attack on an offshore oil field in Nigeria has left three French oilfield service workers kidnapped.

Marine oilfield services company Bourbon Offshore confirmed an attack on an Addax Petroleum-operated oil field off the Nigerian coast.

On the evening of Sept. 21, a number of speedboats accosted the Bourbon Alexandre, and the assailants boarded the anchor handling tug supply vessel, which was staffed by 16 crewmembers.

Three French crewmembers have been kidnapped, and the remaining 13 crewmembers remain on the vessel and are not injured.

A ransom has not yet been demanded.

“The Crisis Unit of Bourbon in Marseilles, in coordination with the Emergency Unit of Bourbon in Nigeria, is evaluating the situation in real time and working to obtain a rapid liberation in the safest security conditions,” the company stated.

The families of the crewmembers have been contacted, and Bourbon is working closely with the French and Nigerian authorities.

The company is holding any comment about the kidnapping, stating it “could adversely affect the liberation of the crewmembers.”

Addax operates a number of offshore blocks in Nigeria, including OML 123, OML 126, OML 137 and OPL 291.

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