Norwegian offshore workers have begun a strike that will reduce oil and gas output, according to the union leading the industrial action.
The strike, in which workers are demanding wage increases to compensate for rising inflation, came on Tuesday amid high oil and gas prices, with supplies of natural gas to Europe especially tight after Russian export cutbacks.
“The strike has begun,” Audun Ingvartsen, the leader of the Lederne trade union said in an interview with Reuters news agency.
Operator Equinor has initiated a shutdown of three fields in the North Sea as a result of a strike, the company said on Tuesday.
The country’s labour ministry reiterated that it was following the conflict “closely”. It can intervene to stop a strike if there are exceptional circumstances.
On Tuesday, oil and gas output will be reduced by 89,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd), of which gas output makes up 27,500 boepd, Equinor reiterated on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the strike will deepen the cut to the country’s gas output to a total of 292,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, or 13 percent of output, NOG said on Sunday, in line with Equinor’s estimate.
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