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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Komi Labor Shortage

MOSCOW () -- Experts cleaning up a huge oil spill in Russia's far north Komi region urgently need more workers to finish the job before lakes and rivers freeze, the company coordinating the operation said Thursday.

The Australian Emergency Systems-Hartec joint venture said it needed an extra 700 workers to complete the work.

The venture, funded partly by the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, has 600 workers now.