Wintershall and RWE support the treatment of severely injured victims of the uprising from Libya

Tripoli, (PresseBox) - .
- 50 Libyans will be flown out for medical treatment
- First of these patients now arriving in Germany

Wintershall and RWE, as part of the emergency relief efforts for Libya, are supporting the urgently required medical treatment of severely injured casualties. This joint initiative by the two companies will enable the treatment of 50 patients who are unable to be properly treated in their homeland. They will be flown to Germany to undergo operations and rehabilitation. The first five patients have been arrived in Germany now. "Time is of the essence and immediate, pragmatic action is called for. Doctors in Libya are making a superhuman effort. But they lack the necessary technical equipment", explains Dr. Rainer Seele, CEO of Wintershall. "It is up to us to step in and act quickly and unbureaucratically." "As a large company, we have a responsibility to help people in urgent humanitarian situations", says the CEO of RWE, Dr. Juergen Grossmann. "Standing shoulder to shoulder with the medical organisation interplast has allowed us to initiate immediate and effective relief work." Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who is also honorary chairman of the German Near and Middle East Association, initiated the aid campaign after talks with the Libyan ambassador Aly Masednah Idris El-Kothany.

The charitable organisation of medical practitioners, interplast e.V. (Eschweiler section) has agreed to take responsibility for selecting, transporting and treating the severely injured casualties. Humanitarian criteria will be used to determine the selection of Libyan patients. Interplast will be working closely with almeda GmbH on this initiative. The Libyan transitional administration has issued a plan for the treatment of people injured in the Libyan revolution and has also commissioned almeda to organise the transportation of injured casualties to Germany and coordinate their medical care in Germany. The injured Libyans will be treated at St. Antonius Hospital in Eschweiler. The Eschweiler doctors have many years of experience treating war casualties and have already worked with interplast on several previous occasions. In addition, two Libyan doctors are employed by St. Antonius Hospital and will be on hand to help interpret for their fellow countrymen.

"Wintershall has been active in Libya for more than 50 years and has very close ties to the country", emphasises Seele. "In supporting these patients now at the end of the hostilities, we are able to show our commitment and make a practical contribution in a way that comes very naturally to us." The German government has already flown some Libyan casualties to Germany for treatment, following a visit to Tripoli by the German Minster of Economics, Philipp Roesler. "But given the high number of people severely injured in the uprisings, that was only the first step", adds Grossmann. "It is important not to let up now in our efforts to help the Libyans, so that as many people as possible can be properly treated."

Over the past few months, Wintershall has already assisted the Red Crescent, the Red Cross and the world's largest independent children's aid organisation, "Save the Children" by sending some relief shipments. Besides financial support, Wintershall has already donated containers of more than four tons of medication such as antibiotics and painkillers, surgical instruments for operations and sterile dressings and equipment. This is sufficient to provide medical care for more than 20,000 people over a three-month period. These supplies were arranged in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organisation for use in catastrophes and emergencies.

The medical organisation interplast e.V. is a charitable society. The medical practitioners who make up this organisation operate free of charge on patients in and from developing countries. Interplast is run and maintained on a purely voluntary basis by its own members. The individual regional sections form the backbone of the organisation. Interplast operating teams consist of experienced plastic surgeons, anaesthetists and surgical nurses who make themselves available for such voluntary work in their holidays. The remaining costs for transport and accommodation of the teams are funded by donations.

RWE AG is one of Europe's five leading electricity and gas companies. Through the Group's expertise in oil, gas and lignite production, the construction and operation of conventional and renewables-based power plants, commodities trading as well as electricity and gas transmission and sales, RWE covers the entire energy value chain. More than 70,000 employees supply about 16 million customers with electricity and nearly 8 million customers with gas. RWE's power plant portfolio and the investment programme for building new, environmentally friendly and flexible generation capacity are the main basis for growing earnings in the future. The Group reacts to changes in customer needs by offering new products for homes, commerce and industry. In this context, climate protection and energy efficiency are becoming increasingly important.

Wintershall Holding GmbH

Wintershall, based in Kassel, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF in Ludwigshafen. The company has been active in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas for over 75 years. Wintershall focuses on selected core regions, where the company has built up a high level of regional and technological expertise. These are Europe, North Africa, South America, as well as Russia and the Caspian Sea region. Wintershall has been producing oil in Libya since 1958. With investments of more than two billion US dollars and over 150 wells drilled, the company is also one of the largest oil producers in Libya. In view of the political situation, in February 2011 Wintershall suspended and sealed off production operations in the Libyan Desert for safety reasons. Before the uprising Wintershall produced around 100,000 barrels of oil per day. After the end of the conflict, production recommenced at the end of October with 20,000 barrels of oil a day.

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