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Fifth Statoil worker confirmed dead after Algeria gas facility attack

BY KJETIL MALKENES HOVLAND
  
OSLO--Statoil confirmed that Victor Sneberg, its last missing employee since the attack on the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria on Jan. 16, is dead.

"It is with deep sorrow that we have received the news today that Victor Sneberg, our country manager for Algeria, is among those who lost their lives in the terror attack at In Amenas," said Statoil Chief Executive Helge Lund.

Thirty-seven foreigners were killed in the attack, five of them Norwegians, at the remote desert gas facility jointly operated by Statoil, BP and Algerian state energy company Sonatrach.

"Five friends and colleagues who were going about their work for Statoil will never return to their loved ones," said Mr. Lund. "Our thoughts and deepest compassion go first and foremost to the families, friends and colleagues who have lost those dear to them. Everyone in Statoil shares their grief."

Mr Sneberg, 56, came from Sandnes on the Norwegian west coast, not far from Statoil' s Stavanger headquarters. Mr. Sneberg didn' t work at the In Amenas facility himself, but was visiting to discuss an expansion of the plant when the attack by Islamic militants broke out.

At Oslo airport Wednesday, Mr. Lund paid his respects to the families as the caskets arrived from Algeria with the bodies of Tore Bech, 58, Hans M. Bjone, 55, Thomas Snekkevik, 35, and Alf Vik, 43.

A memorial ceremony will be held in Hakon' s Hall in Bergen, Norway on Feb 4, Statoil said.

Dow Jones Newswires

01/31/2013

 

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