Hundreds Of Norway Oil Workers Go On Strike, Shell Shuts Knarr Field

Hundreds Of Norway Oil Workers Go On Strike, Shell Shuts Knarr Field
Hundreds of workers on Norwegian offshore oil and gas rigs strike after rejecting a proposed wage deal.

Output Impact

Safe said 106 workers from the Teekay Petrojarl production ship operating at Shell's Knarr field would walk out initially.

Norway pumped 1.97 million barrels of oil and natural gas liquids a day in 2017, according to BP's Statistical Review published in June.

Natural gas production was 123 billion cubic metres last year, BP reported, making Norway the world's seventh biggest producer and Europe's largest gas supplier after Russia.

Safe said workers on rigs that conduct exploration or production drilling for oil firms would also walk out on Tuesday.

That includes 117 workers from the Transocean Spitsbergen rig; 80 from the Songa Offshore Enabler; 71 from Odfjell Drilling's Deepsea Stavanger; and 60 from North Atlantic Drilling's West Elara rig.

Others set to join the action include 40 Archer drilling workers on the Snorre B platform operated by Equinor; 67 from COSL working on the COSL Innovator rig; 50 from Island Offshore, a supply vessel firm; and 59 from the KCA Deutag MODU drilling contractor working on the Askeladden rig.

The employees that could walk out on Sunday work on exploration and production drilling rigs owned by Saipem , Transocean, Songa Offshore, Odfjell Drilling, Archer and COSL, among others.

Some catering workers will also be striking, Safe said.

($1 = 8.0331 Norwegian crowns)

(Editing by Mark Potter/Susan Fenton/Dale Hudson)


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