Norway: Troll, Sverdrup Oil Field Flow at Risk Over Potential Workers' Strike


February 11, 2021
Johan Sverdrup Platform - Image by Ole Jørgen Bratland/Equinor

Johan Sverdrup Platform - Image by Ole Jørgen Bratland/Equinor

 A potential strike at Norway's Mongstad refinery next week could affect the export of crude oil from the offshore Johan Sverdrup and Troll fields, the Safe labor union said on Thursday.

Wage talks are due between the union and employers on Monday, and a dozen Mongstad workers will go on strike the following day if the negotiations break down, Safe said last month.

The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, which negotiates wage deals on behalf of Equinor and other oil firms, declined to comment. Equinor was not immediately available to comment.

The affected workers are involved in the loading of vessels and in handling arrivals and departures of ships at Mongstad, Safe said.

While a strike would affect the crude streams, the flow of natural gas to Europe would be uninterrupted by a strike, Safe said in a statement.

In case of a protracted conflict, a strike could spread to other onshore facilities, with as many as 800 oil and gas workers potentially involved, Safe has said. 

(Reporting by Terje Solsvik and Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Gwladys Fouche)

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