Norwegian oil workers and employers will start mediation talks tomorrow to bridge differences and avoid a strike that threatens to halt about 115,000 barrels of oil a day from fields operated by Exxon Mobil Corp., GDF Suez and Statoil ASA.
A Norwegian oil-workers union said it’s ready to go on strike over pensions in a move that threatens to cut oil production from Exxon Mobil Corp.’s platforms in the North Sea by more than 60,000 barrels a day.
Oil and gas companies can expect little help from Norway on tackling surging costs as the government of western Europe’s biggest crude producer tones down plans for measures that producers hope will boost earnings.
Activists from environmental group Greenpeace boarded a Statoil ASA rig en route to drill Norway’s northernmost exploration well in the Barents Sea, saying it’s too close to the polar ice cap and a key nature reserve.
Norway’s government and the opposition reached a compromise to start electrification of three North Sea oil fields by 2022, a plan they say will avoid a delayed start to the country’s biggest offshore find in decades.