Strike Forces Equinor to Begin Shutting Down Its Norwegian Oilfields

Strike Forces Equinor to Begin Shutting Down Its Norwegian Oilfields
(Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen / Equinor ASA)

Due to a strike by members of the Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives (Lederne), Equinor has shut down the Gudrun, Oseberg South, and Oseberg East fields.

Lederne members voted in a referendum against the mediator’s proposal during the wage negotiations between the labour organizations and the employers’ organization, the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (Norog).

Approximately 89,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of natural gas are produced from Gudrun, Oseberg South and Oseberg East per day.

For the Heidrun, Kristin, and Aasta Hansteen fields, an extension of the strike has been notified for the night before Wednesday 6 July. To Equinor, this means a controlled shutdown of production at the above-mentioned installations, including the Tyrihans field, which is connected to Kristin.

Natural gas production from Heidrun, Kristin/Tyrihans and Aasta Hansteen totals around 264,000 boe per day, of which 263,000 are from Kristin/Tyrihans.

As of 9 July, a further escalation has been announced at Sleipner, Gullfaks A and Gullfaks C. The consequences of this escalation have yet to be determined.

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