By Gwladys Fouche and Terje Solsvik
OSLO (Reuters) – About 74 Norwegian offshore oil workers at the Equinor’s Gudrun, Oseberg South and Oseberg East offshore rigs will go on strike from July 5, the Lederne union said on Thursday. potentially close to 4% of Norway’s oil production.
The announcement by Lederne, the smallest of Norway’s three oil unions, follows a vote by members to reject a negotiated salary deal with oil companies.
Lederne, the organization that negotiates on behalf of 1,300 members, said the strike is expected to have almost no effect on gas output, at a time when supplies are scarce in Europe, because of these platforms. produce almost exclusively oil.
Lederne was gradually able to entice more members to join the strike action.
Union leader Audun Ingvartsen told Reuters: “Our members are key employees who control production, so when they go on strike, it’s normal for employers to shut down these platforms. normal.
Equinor could not be reached immediately for comment.
Gudrun produces 45,700 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) in 2021, while Oseberg East produces 5,600 boed and Oseberg South 32,000 boed, representing about 4% of Norway’s oil production, official data shows.
Lederne negotiated a deal this month with the Norwegian Petroleum Association (NOG) but sought approval from members before any formal confirmation of the deal.
The mediator added that members of a separate union, Safe, accepted the agreement, which prevented a strike between members. Norway’s third oil union, Industri Energi, signed an agreement this month and will not go on strike.
NOG was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters.
Norway pumps just over 4 million boed, half in raw and other liquids and half in magnetic form, making the country a major global energy supplier.
In 2020, Lederne called a strike that would reduce Norway’s output by about 330,000 boed, or about 8% of Norway’s total oil and gas production.