Striking Workers Ordered Off Transocean Rigs

The 100 workers who halted drilling operations on four Transocean Inc. offshore drilling rigs in Nigeria during a strike are being served with court injunctions that order them to leave the rigs.

Local members of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) commenced the strike April 16 on the semisubmersible rig M.G. Hulme, Jr. and on April 19 on the semisubmersible rig Sedco 709 and the jackup rigs Trident VI and Trident VIII. The strike was allegedly called to protest disciplinary proceedings against five personnel belonging to NUPENG, who have subsequently been terminated.

The situation on all four rigs remains calm, and today 31 third-party personnel who were not part of the strike have departed by boat from the Sedco 709, and two Transocean and one third party personnel, who were also not part of the strike, have left the M.G. Hulme, Jr.

Transocean is continuing efforts to resolve the labor stoppage but cannot estimate the possible length of the strike or its financial impact.