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CAPTION: Ole Jørgen Bratland

Almost 25 per cent of Norway’s petroleum output could be hit

Nearly a quarter of total oil and gas production from the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) could be affected if the Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives (Lederne) opts to remain on strike.

The union gave notice on Thursday of a further extension of its stoppage, which would shut down Oseberg South and East plus Kristin with Tyrihans – all operated by Equinor – from Sunday 11 October if the conflict continues.

Maria, which is operated by Wintershall Dea Norge, will also have to cease producing because it is tied back to Kristin. And Ekofisk 2/4 B, operated by ConocoPhillips will be shut down as well.

In addition, Equinor has warned that Johan Sverdrup, western Europe’s largest oil field on stream, will have to halt production from 14 October.

Gjøa and Vega, operated by Neptune and Wintershall Dea Norge respectively, as well as the Equinor-operated Kvitebjørn, Gina Krog, Gudrun and Valemon fields have already had to shut down as a result of the conflict.

If the strike continues past 14 October, the loss of daily production would thereby total 966 000 barrels of oil equivalent.

Norway’s petroleum output averages just over four million barrels of oil equivalent per day, broken down 50-50 between crude oil and other liquids and natural gas. Almost a quarter of Norwegian production would thereby disappear because of the strike.

Further information from

Kolbjørn Andreassen, information manager, Norwegian Oil and Gas, mobile: +47 95 28 28 08, e-mail: ka@norog.no