Norway’s oil industry employers struck a wage bargain with the Safe labor union on Feb. 16, preventing a strike at the Mongstad crude terminal and shutdowns of major offshore oil and gas fields, Safe told Reuters.
The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, which negotiated on behalf of energy firms, confirmed the agreement.
Operator Equinor had said a strike could reduce Mongstad’s storage and harbor capacity and disrupt production at fields responsible for a third of the country's crude output and more than 40% of natural gas exports.
Norway, western Europe’s largest oil and gas producer, pumps about 2.1 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d) of crude, while gas production amounts to 2 MMboe/d.
State-controlled Equinor on Feb. 12 said a strike could disrupt production at the major Johan Sverdrup and Troll fields, as well from five smaller fields, namely Kvitebjoern, Visund, Byrding, Fram and Valemon.
The fields produced 680,000 bbl/d of crude and had a gas output corresponding to about 850,000 boe/d in November, according to data from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
Although only a dozen workers would have gone on strike initially, they are key to loading vessels and handling the ships’ arrivals and departures at the busy Mongstad terminal.
In case of a protracted conflict, a strike could also have spread to other onshore facilities, with as many as 800 oil and gas workers potentially involved, Safe had warned.
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