SGS Turkey was hired by the oil services company Weatherford to perform standard non-destructing testing activities on pipes at an oil field in Southern Iraq. The equipment used for these services is equipped with a low level radioactive source.
The site where these operations are conducted is fully secured and guarded by security guards under the responsibility of the owner of the site. SGS does not assume any responsibility for the site security and does not control accesses. SGS is one of many contractors active on the site.
When not in use, the equipment and radioactive source are stored in a secured bunker designed for that effect and provided by Weatherford. The disappearance of the equipment occurred while the equipment was stored in the Weatherford bunker. The loss was discovered on November 3, 2015.
SGS Turkey/Erbil Branch Office immediately notified the Iraqi authorities and fully cooperated with the investigation conducted by the competent authorities.
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