BRITISH PETROLEUM DEMANDS COMPENSATION FROM SAMOA

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APIA, Samoa (July 24, 1998 - Radio Australia/Tuqiri)---British Petroleum's B-P South West is demanding compensation from the Samoan government for money spent on building terminal facilities and service stations.

B-P will pull out next month as a result of Mobil winning the government bid to be the sole supplier of petroleum to the country beginning August 1.

BP's regional manager in Fiji, Craig Fullerton, said the company had been in Samoa for more than 27 years, investing invested millions of dollars.

A Samoa government spokesperson said negotiations with B-P are ongoing.

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