STAVANGER, Norway – Equinor has begun a shutdown of various fields in the Norwegian North Sea, after the Norwegian Organization of Managers and Executives (Lederne) trade union voted to strike.
In a referendum, the members voted against the mediator’s proposal during the wage negotiations for offshore personnel, in talks between the labor organizations and employers in the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (Norog).
Initially the shutdown applies to the Gudrun, Oseberg South and Oseberg East fields, which produce around 89,000 boe/d.
A further extension of the strike is due to take place among staff working on the Heidrun, Kristin and Aasta Hansteen fields in the Norwegian Sea. Here too Equinor will perform a controlled shutdown of production, including the Tyrihans field, which is tied back to the Kristin platform.
Total production from these fields is close to 333,000 boe/d.
And a further escalation is set to take place from this Saturday, July 9, at Sleipner, Gullfaks A and Gullfaks C in the North Sea, although the consequences are at this stage unclear, Equinor said.