BP identifies workers killed in Algeria attack

BP confirmed Monday that four of its employees, including a vice president, were killed in the terrorist attack on the natural gas facility in Algeria that it jointly operates.

The London-based company also identified three of the workers. One of the names had  been released previously by the U.S. State Department because he was an American citizen. BP has not identified the fourth worker.

“We are in frequent, close contact with the families of these employees,” BP said in a statement.

BP identified three of the four workers as Sebastian John, 26, of Nottingham, England; Carlos Estrada, 44, of London; and Gordon Rowan, 58, of Sumpter, Ore. Rowan was  identified previously by the State Department.

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According to BP, John joined the company in September as a civil and structural engineer. He only recently had joined the team working at the Ain Amenas plant. He leaves a wife and a young son.

Estrada, originally from Colombia, had worked for BP since 1995. He was a vice-president with BP’s upstream global projects unit and was visiting the Algeria site to provide expertise on BP’s interests in projects in Algeria, the company said.

Estrada leaves a wife and two young daughters.

Rowan was a well operations and engineering manager and had worked for BP and formerly ARCO since 1986.He leaves two sons.

BP declined to identify the fourth employee it says died in the attack.

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